Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sun and Moon

I was going to update you all on Harold's antics but Blogger doesn't feel like uploading pictures, so I guess we won't! Maybe it will be in a better mood tomorrow.

Yesterday little kid announced, "The sun is not a planet, it's a star! A real bright one!"

"Right! It's actually a ball of gas. Did you know even if the sun wasn't hot, astronauts still couldn't walk on it because it's not a solid, it is a gas. It's also not that the sun is so bright, it's that it is so big. That makes it appear brighter," Big Kid said.

"Yep. And then the sun that's a star goes down and the moon goes up and it's night!"

"Actually the sun doesn't go down. The sun doesn't go anywhere, the earth travels around the sun. So, the sun stays in one spot and the earth spins around and around and that's why when we are waking up, children on the other side of the world are going to bed--because they are facing away from the sun," he continued.

"Wait--are you tellin' me the sun doesn't go down? For real?"

"No. It just appears that way. It's really the earth's rotation that makes us go from day to night. So right now it's night time for us, but that's because our side of the world is facing away from the sun. As we turn back around it will become day."

"That's....that That's amazing. Do other people know this? Because it's blowin' my brains thinkin' of it."

Mine too. It's incredible to realize all of the awe-inspiring things that happen every single day that are beyond my scope of appreciation.


MTGrace said...

"My brains are blown." I like that. I'm going to have to use that.

You have such smart kids!

Anonymous said...

That is truely mind blowing! PS--I like your new design.

p jane said...

It totally "blows my brains" the turns of phrase kids pick up and slip into conversation. And has Big Kid been listening to They Might Be Giants sing "Why Does the Sun Shine?" My two middle schoolers and the first grader all go around singing, "...the sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace...the sun is hot, the sun is not a place where we could live..."

So excited your site is no longer blocked at work!! Soooo much catching up to do :)

Sam said...

I learned everything I know about the sun from They Might Be Giants!

Unknown said...

I have not heard that song, I'll have to hunt it down for them!

Thanks for liking the new design, I didn't mean to redesign it but tested out a new header, changed some other stuff and then couldn't change it back because I didn't save the original we're keeping it.

Julie H said...

You're kids are amazing. Mine are usually too busy either doing their own thing or trying to kill eachother.

PB said...

That is hillarious!