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Mars - Facts for Kids
Mars has no little green men, but it's a fascinating place. It has a mountain three times the height of Everest and a deep valley that dwarfs the Grand Canyon. Although Mars has no liquid water on the surface, if the southern polar icecap melted, it could cover the planet 36 feet deep in water.

Moons of Mars - Facts for Kids
Earth's moon is "the Moon” because it was the only one people had ever seen until 1610. That's when Galileo discovered moons orbiting Jupiter. Why did it take until 1877 for someone to find the moons of our neighbor Mars?

The Moon - Facts for Kids
The Moon has no air, no sound, no weather and no liquid water. It even has places that are colder than Pluto. But since gravity is weaker there, you could throw a ball a long way, and the footprint you left might last a hundred thousand years or more.

Venus - Facts for Kids
It's the planet most likely to be mistaken for a UFO. It spins backwards on its axis. A year is two days long. It's Venus! Some call it Earth's twin, but it isn't much like home.

Jellynauts Go to Space
Many animals other than humans have been in space. They include fruit flies, spiders, rats, mice, monkeys, chimps, dogs, frogs and jellyfish. It's hard to imagine jellyfish swimming around in the space shuttle, but they were part of the first Spacelab Life Sciences Mission.

Candlemas to the March Equinox - Quiz
Birthdays, discovery and exploration abound in the period from Candlemas to the March equinox. Here's a little quiz for you that picks out some highlights in this period. How many do you recognize?

Why Does the Sky Look Blue
A beautiful sunny day might prompt you to wonder why the sky is blue. It's a good question. And it's related to why sunsets and a totally eclipsed Moon are red.

Sedna – Goddess of the Arctic
Sedna is the Inuit goddess of the sea and its creatures. She abides in the cold, dark depths of the northern seas. Her astronomical namesake is a probable dwarf planet located in the cold, dark distant reaches of the Solar System.

Five Astronomical Non-events of 2019
Each year we're warned of grim non-events. The predictions don't come to pass, but still keep coming. Some favorites are a massive asteroid impact, Nibiru looming and the dangers of a supermoon. In 2019 there was also imminent lunar collapse and some concern about the alien base on Mercury.

AstroFest 2020 – Potpourri
Although space missions were a feature of European AstroFest 2020, the conference included a range of topics. Among others we heard about our debt to massive stars, black holes, our explosive Sun, and the question “Who owns the Moon?”

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