See your house!
Amaze your friends by showing their houses with just a few keystrokes. Go to instantstreetview.com and then type in a street address that you know in the search box. In seconds, the house or building fitting that address will appear on the screen. If you then click on the Earth symbol at the top of the screen (near the middle), you’ll switch to Map mode and will see all the surrounding streets and landmarks.
Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse
The moon has always fascinated people. It’s 2,000 miles away and as it circles the earth, it goes through interesting changes throughout the year. By the way, did you know that the moon doesn’t shine on its own? When we see it shining in the sky, it’s really reflecting the light from the sun.
On Sunday, January 20, something special is going to happen, and it’s called the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse. That’s a crazy name and it means that there will be a combination total lunar eclipse and supermoon. Let’s look at each one:
What is a lunar eclipse? First off, the moon circles the earth while the earth circles the sun. The sun shines on both the earth and the moon, and that creates shadows. You can create the same type of shadow if you shine a flashlight in front of just about anything. It will create a shadow on the other side. A couple of times a year, as the moon circles the earth, it passes through the earth’s shadow. If only part of the moon passes through our shadow, we call it a partial eclipse; but on January 20, the entire moon will pass through our shadow, so it will be a total lunar eclipse (lunar means moon). The moon will take on a reddish-brown color.
What is a supermoon? First off, we have to realize that the moon has many “phases.” We can’t always see the entire moon. The moon is in darkness because it doesn’t have its own light—so we can only see the part that the sun illuminates. People like to point out the full moon, and that’s when we can see the entire roundness of the moon. But it’s more common to see just part of the moon, from 1/4, to half, to 3/4, and then full, all during the course of one month. The moon doesn’t travel around the earth in a perfect circle; there are times when it gets closer and then moves farther away. A supermoon happens when the sunlight hits the moon just right, making it a full moon at the exact time it’s closest to the earth. This only happens three or four times a year.
So now that we know what a total lunar eclipse and supermoon are, what’s with the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse? Blood refers to the reddish-brown color of the moon during the total eclipse. Wolf Moon refers to one of the native American names for the January moon (many native American nations gave a special name to the moon every month).
If you want to see the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse through huge telescopes on that Sunday night/Monday morning, you’ll have to go to the Morehead Planetarium (250 E Franklin St, in Chapel Hill). They’ll be outside watching the eclipse from 10:30pm to 12:30am. That’s really late for most families to be out, so if you’re allowed to stay up late, you’ll still be able to see the eclipse if the skies are clear that night. Unlike solar eclipses, it’s safe to watch lunar eclipses without special glasses. If you take a nice photo of the eclipse, send it to us at email@example.com, and we’ll post it in the Durham Skywriter.
Fun with balloons
Here are some games you can play with balloons either inside or outside. Have fun with your friends!
THE BALLOON CATCH DANCE
THE BALLOON WADDLE RACE
TIDY BALLOON GAME
THE SPELL-IT GAME
Do British grasshoppers like to watch soccer?
No, they’d much rather watch cricket!
If you had a zombie soccer player on your team, what position would he play?
Probably the ghoulie!
What runs around a soccer field but doesn’t move?
Why didn’t the dog want to play soccer?
Because he was a boxer!
Why is it so hard to play soccer with pigs?
Because they keep hogging the ball!