It seems as if this week is following a natural theme – namely enjoying the night sky. On this day in 1846, Johann Galle and Heinrich D’Arrest discovered Neptune, the 8th planet, almost 3 billion miles away, from the sun.
Neptune is almost four times as big as the earth and has at least 13 moons—scientists don’t think they’ve all been discovered
yet. Which says to me… instill the sense of discovery in my kids.
Another Family Astronomy Night!
Family Fun had a brilliant star gazing idea: As we lay in the grass, (or on a nice beach blanket, or in a canvas chair(this option is for mom who can’t stand the thought of a possible bug in her hair), looking up at the starry night sky, everyone will be challenged to find pictures in the night sky and to name them appropriately.
Don’t tell, but I plan to look out for a rectangle and call it chocolate bar; a square and call it graham cracker; and a jumble of stars and call it messy marshmallow.
If the kids have yet to get the theme, I will end the evening by proclaiming its bedtime and that we must go inside for a bedtime snack.
Then they’ll get to watch the marshmallows get gigantic in the microwave as I make indoors smores! Although, I am seriously considering this recipe instead.
Back to Neptune, though – I don’t think I’d like living on Neptune. I found out I’d weigh more on Neptune than on Earth.
I especially don’t like that thought after eating S’mores.