Get Lost in Space

Summer is the perfect time to stay out late and look up into the sky!

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From our backyards, we can see stars, the moon, satellites and even planets. Using telescopes, we can expand our sights to galaxies, nebulas and more. Learn how you can experience space and the universe.


Fun Facts

  • The Milky Way is our home spiral galaxy where our solar system and Earth are located.

  • Everything in our solar system revolves around the sun. Planets, comets, asteroids, meteoroids and moons are kept in place by the sun’s gravity.

  • Have trouble naming all of the planets? Try making a silly sentence to help remember. For example, Mom Visits Every Monday, Just Stays Until Noon = Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupitar, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

  • The International Space Station is the most expensive object ever built, costing $150 billion.

  • Astronaut space suits cost $12 million.

  • Have you ever wondered what space smells like? According to astronauts, it is a mixture between steak searing on a grill and hot metal.

  • Most astronauts become 2 inches taller in space.