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Light Up Solar System

Welcome winter and be prepared for the longest night of the year tonight.

The winter solstice brings the shortest day – and the longest night of the year.

The reason for the different seasons in the two hemispheres is that while the earth rotates around the sun, it also spins on its axis, which is tilted some 23.5 degrees. Because of this tilt, the Northern Hemisphere receives less direct sunlight and the Southern Hemisphere receives more (and vice versa) depending on the season.

The Light Up Solar System shown above is a helpful aid in teaching about our solar system.

Blokus with board at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

This long winter’s night could be a good night for family game night. What is your families’ favorite game?

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. Oh, that was last night if you were lucky enough to witness the Supermoon  somewhere with night sky not covered with clouds like here in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Welcome Spring!

Spring begins today for those of us in the northern hemisphere, Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 7:21 p.m. with the Vernal Equinox. Vernal translates from Latin meaning Spring. The Equinox happens twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The word Equinox translates from Latin words aequus which means equal and nox which translates to night. The location near the equator will have the most equal amount of daylight and nightime at this time.


Hang a daily lesson about our solar system in your room. The motorized solar system pictured above comes with a CD audio tour, and nine detailed, full-color planets rotating around a sun that lights up. The automatic shut-off turns it off after 15 minutes of operation. The 15-minute audio CD provides a guided tour through the solar system. It has an infra-red remote control with built-in light pointer. The 20″ solar system mounts to the ceiling, allowing you to explore the solar system right in your own room!

March Star Gazing

Venus, Uranus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury – will all be visible this month.