Thursday, January 28, 2010
Mars on Approach
Doesn't that title make you think of something sneaking up on you? Well, the approach of Mars is not covert. This week it has been getting easier to see with the naked eye. This Friday, the 29th, it will be at its closest to earth for the year. I know everyone gets those spam mails about Mars being the closest to Earth ever in history. Pffft.... disregard that and any of the evolutionary garbage you read.
Just pray for a clear night, get your kids, your telescope and your dh (for snuggling and keeping warm of course!) and go out and marvel at God's handiwork.
Last night on our way home from church we saw Orion, and also saw Mars. Thus spurred me to find the following links. You can find much more, and even work them into your Science lessons for a few days. Great opportunity for a spontaneous lesson!
Mars In the Night Sky (answers a few questions like... why does Mars appear to go backwards in a loop?)
National Geographic article on the Year's Best View of Mars
Facts about Mars
Free Mars worksheet (easy)
Tons of Lesson Plans on Mars by Teacher Planet
Solar System free Unit Study by HomesSchool Views .... I just took a very quick look at this and if we were doing a unit study on the solar system this looked very helpful!
You can google more for yourself. There are all manner of crafts and fun stuff to do. Of course, Mars candies would be fun to incorporate into the study. Or any study for that matter. You just can't go wrong with chocolate. ;)
(Disclaimer: I do not necessarily agree with all "facts" given. Parental discretion is always appropriate.)