Find bright star Spica in the constellation Virgo in the spring night sky.  Spica is one of five stars on our Spring Night Sky Scavenger Hunt, so mark it complete!  Although Spica is one of the brightest stars in the night sky, the constellation Virgo might be…

Cassiopeia . . . check!  We’re off to a great start on our annual spring night sky scavenger hunt.  I love to hear “Hey, we know these!” as they scramble to be first to spot a favorite.   It began years ago with a simple “find…

Spring Equinox is one of two days each year when Earth is tilted so that the Sun is directly over the equator.  In North America, the days have been growing longer since the Winter Solstice.  Finally, on the Spring (Vernal) Equinox, day is equal to…

Have fun experimenting with this 2-stage balloon rocket that demonstrates how a real multi-stage rocket works. Two or more rockets linked together form a multi-stage rocket that will propel a spacecraft farther than a single rocket.  A 2-stage rocket blasts off when the first stage…

Look up tonight and easily find the Heart of the Lion close to the rounding moon.  Bright star Regulus marks the lion’s heart in the constellation Leo.  Although we may see Regulus as the dot at the bottom of a question mark, ancient civilizations saw…

John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth.  On February 20, 1962 he climbed into the spacecraft Friendship 7 and blasted into orbit atop a powerful rocket.  After orbiting the earth three times, the capsule returned to the atmosphere and splashed down in the…