Keep Your Kid Busy With These Awesome NASA Websites

As I write this, my child is walking home from school, but he has been busy with the computer at the other end of the room for, I think, an hour. And every couple of seconds, he said: “VUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUEMa” aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuuaaaaaaaauuuuak, I do not know. Oh, oh, wow! “

(Yes, that’s a real quote.)

Sometimes he’s right, and I watch too, so it might not be the best way to get the job done when your kids are away, but I think everyone needs to know about these NASA websites. He is currently studying the solar system , and when he gets bored, I will connect him to exoplanets . (Exoplanets are chunks of rock orbiting other stars; the solar system includes everything that orbits our sun.)

On the solar system website, you can virtually rotate the planets to see what they look like from all angles (there are little light storms called “pearls” on the underside of Jupiter!) And read fun facts about their features (the chixulub crater on Earth is three miles, he tells me). You can see the insides of some planets and objects. Did you know that Pluto’s core can be surrounded by an ocean of water? I am doing now.

The exoplanet site is slightly different. You can virtually step on the surface of each planet and look around. Want a souvenir? Download one of our chic vintage style travel posters to perfectly complement your virtual vacation.


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