OUTER SPACE


Space . . . the final frontier

Did you know that outer space, what we call the universe, is absolutely silent as there is no atmosphere for sound to travel through! And it isn’t possible to walk on planets like Neptune, Jupiter, or Saturn as they don’t have a solid surface like we do on Earth. They’re made up mostly of different gases like hydrogen and helium. And they spin more rapidly than Earth – while the Earth spins on its center once every 24 hours, Saturn spins once every 10 hours.


And there are more stars in outer space than there are grains of sand on Earth. It is believed that there are between 200-400 billion stars just in the Milky Way, which is our spiral shaped  galaxy in the sky that contains the sun and all the stars, and of which Earth’s solar system is a very, very small part. It is believed that there are about 100 billion galaxies like the Milky Way, which means there could be around 100 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone! 

The magical, mysterious Milky Way Galaxy

And did you know that the Sun is about one million times larger than the size of the Earth, which means 1 million Earths could fit inside the sun and it takes the light from the Sun about 8 minutes to reach Earth.

The sun, earth and moon

The moon, on the other hand, doesn’t have any light of its own. The light from the sun’s rays bounce off of the moon and reach the Earth in 1.25 seconds. This is how we get moonlight. The first person to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong in 1969. You can still see traces of his footprints on the moon’s surface. This is because there’s no wind on the moon, and so the footprints are still mostly intact 52 years later!

Footprints on the moon

The moon and the sun are the reason the ocean has waves and tides that switch from high tide to low tide. The gravitational pull from the moon and the sun keep changing.

And have you ever heard of Mount Everest? If so, I bet you think it is the highest mountain ever. While it is the highest mountain on Earth, the highest mountain known to man is on an asteroid called Vesta and is over 13 miles high or 72178 feet high: which is three times as big as Mount Everest.

Vesta

So now you know more about outer space. What was your favorite fact? Thanks for exploring with me. See ya next time when we travel … Around The World.


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Fire Truck Pup | VIDEO | Read Aloud Stories for Kids


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Follow the adventures of the heroic PAW Patrol puppy, Marshall, as he learns to protect the Adventure Bay community!


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Dragon | VIDEO | Read Aloud Stories for Kids

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A very special dragon has a very busy day … but what does he do? Housework, yardwork, shopping … can he get it all done?




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Off To The Stars | VIDEO | Read Aloud Stories for Kids

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Where does a special journey begin and where will it take a little girl who wants to find the stars? A perfect calming story for naptime, bedtime or any time.



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The Magic Lamp | Children’s story


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Dino(saur) Days | Therizinosaurus



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Therizinosaurus was one of the oddest, most baffling of all the late cretaceous dinosaurs, with its strange feathers, peculiar body shape and ferocious looking claws. Little is yet known about this amazing creature but what we do makes Therizinosaurus a very interesting dinosaur. 🎥 Videos (and many other fun kid-themed interests) are available on our website 🔗 http://www.wiseowlpodcast.com (We haven't added all of the videos yet but keep checking back) 🔔 Or subscribe to the Wise Owl YouTube channel 🔗 https://bit.ly/38AOqW1 😇 If you'd like to support the show you can do so here 🔗 https://bit.ly/3wK3sCR #WiseOwlPals 📒📙📗 BOOKLIST 👀 🐿️ SHADOW TAIL 🔗 https://amzn.to/2TTgrnY 🍌 THE TALE OF CAPTAIN BANANAS MCGEE 🔗 https://amzn.to/3vUlum5 🦊 AGENT CHILLY FOXCHASER 🔗 https://amzn.to/31fd6PV 🌈 THE STAR JAR 🔗 https://amzn.to/3d646SU 🦋 WHY AM I A BUTTERFLY? 🔗 https://amzn.to/3rkxY30 😸 THE REALM OF CUCKOO CAT 🔗 https://amzn.to/3fd5GoO 🦁 THE LION & THE MOUSE 🔗 https://amzn.to/3A95ONf ⭐ THE STARS AREN'T VERY FAR 🔗 https://amzn.to/3cjIqna 👦 A FRIEND FOR BELLA 🔗 https://amzn.to/3tSrERT 💪 THE ALPHABET HEROES 🔗 https://amzn.to/3tSNjcQ #Storiesforkids #ReadAloudStoriesforkids #KidsBookReadAloud — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wise-owl/support

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THE NORTHERN LIGHTS


Since the dawn of time, people have told wild and exciting stories and invented legends to explain the natural, but mysterious, occurrence of the Northern Lights, one of nature’s most spectacular displays, a dazzling neon light show that sparkles and spreads out across the night sky.

The Vikings, for example, thought the Northern Lights were caused by the gleaming weapons of immortal female warriors known as the Valkyrie, or that it was the Bifröst Bridge that led those who fell in battle to their final resting place in Valhalla.

In Chinese legends the northern lights were believed to be a celestial battle between good and evil dragons who breathed fire across the sky.

In Finland, where the northern lights are especially bright, the story involves a sly little arctic fox that ran so quickly across the snow its tail made sparks fly into the night sky, creating the northern lights. 

The Inuit people of Alaska believed the lights were the souls of salmon, deer, whales and other animals. The Menominee Indians thought the lights were the torches of giants living in the North.

But in fact, the Northern Lights are actually caused by electrons, which are negatively charged particles that come from the solar winds – which is a wind that shoots out from the sun and can travel the entire length of the solar system.

The electrons are attracted to the north – and south – poles by the magnetic fields found there. They mix with gases in the atmosphere, which cause those gases to glow. A solar flare, which is a sudden eruption of brightness from the Sun’s surface, can also cause the Northern Lights to appear.

The light at the North pole, or Northern Lights, are also referred to as the aurora borealis and the light at the South pole, or southern lights, is called the aurora australis.

The name Aurora is from the Roman god of the dawn; Boreas is the Greek name for the north wind.

The Northern Lights are most visible to people living in the far north but they are sometimes visible as far south as Florida.

The Northern Lights are typically the colors of green, purple, red or blue.

While the Northern Lights can appear any time, it is most likely to be seen during the colder months in the far north – between March and April and September and October.

So now you know more about the Northern Lights. What was your favorite fact? Thanks for exploring with me. See ya next time when we travel … Around the world.



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AUSTRALIA



Did you know that Australia is the largest country in the Southern hemisphere, which is the half (hemisphere) of Earth that is south of the Equator, and Australia is the largest country without land borders. It is also the driest inhabited continent in the world.

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, after Russia, Canada, the USA, China and Brazil.

Australia also known as Oceania is the smallest continent of the seven continents and although some consider Australia as the largest island in the world, Australia is commonly referred to as a country and a continent. Greenland, which is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is the biggest island in the world. 

Australia is home to many animal species. In fact, Australia houses more than 10% of the world’s animals and plant varieties.

Among the most well-known Australian animals are kangaroos, wombats, koalas and the dingo. The road signs in Australia warn drivers about wild animals – mainly kangaroos – that might cross the roads.

Speaking of Kangaroos, they are marsupials, which means, they carry their babies in their pouches and baby kangaroos are called Joeys.

Wombats are also marsupials. While they have very sharp teeth, they are herbivores, which means they eat grasses, bark and roots.

A Koala, or as some people refer to them, Koala bear, is also a plant-loving animal and its closest living relative is the wombat. It’s diet is many eucalyptus leaves and it sleeps up to 20 hours a day!

And then there’s the dingo. While it has an ancient lineage of dog, it is not a dog breed. Nor is it a pet. It is fast, agile, and has lots of stamina. It has been such a successful predator in Australia that one of the largest fences every built – an astounding 3488.4 miles in length – was constructed to try to keep them under control.

The highest mountain of Australia is Mount Kosciuszko (KOZ-ee-OS-koh)  standing at a whopping 7,310 ft. This mountain is in the Great Dividing Range.

The Great Dividing Range is the longest mountain range in Australia stretching over 32,175 miles.

Uluru, previously referred to also as Ayers Rock, is located in the center of the country and is the largest alone standing rock in the world.

And you cannot talk about Australia without mentioning the Great Barrier Reef which is the biggest coral reef system in the world. The reef consists of more than 3,000 reefs and 900 islands. The Barrier Reef is home to over 350 species of corals and over 1,500 species of fish.

So now you know more about Australia. What was your favorite fact? Thanks for exploring with me. See ya next time when we travel … Around The World.



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Meet TYRANNOSAURUS REX (T-Rex)



The Tyrannosaurus Rex, also known as the T-Rex, was one of the greatest predators that ever lived. And while he was certainly very big, at a length of almost 40 feet, he was not the biggest dinosaur. The Giganotosaurus, Spinosaurus & Carcharodontosaurus were bigger.


GIGANTOSAURUS


SPINOSAURUS


CARCHARODONTOSAURUS


But he was one of the biggest carnivores, or meat eating dinosaurs. The T-Rex’s had a mouthful of razor sharp teeth that could be up to 12 inches long, and they could move at speeds of about 20 mph. The lived about 30 years

The T-Rex lived somewhere between 65 to 70 million years ago – in the late cretaceous period. Tyrannosaurus Rex means ‘Tyrant Lizard’. And the word dinosaur means ‘frighteningly big lizard’.



Dinosaurs were put into classifications. Some of the basic rules to decide which of these ancient creatures were dinosaurs were:

  1. They lived on land.
  2. They had straight legs tucked underneath their bodies.
  3. They were reptiles.

Of the two main types of dinosaurs, the most important difference was the shape of their hip joints. Dinosaurs with no hip bones, more like birds, are called Ornithiscia (OR-NA-THIS-KEY-A). And dinosaurs with hip bones, more like lizards, are called Saurischia (SORE-ISKIA). T-Rex was in the Saurischia classification.



What’s impressive about the T. Rex is that it had a pretty large brain for a dinosaur, which helped with its vision and smell. Some even believe it may have had telescopic vision, which would have given the T-Rex the power to zoom in its vision almost three times, giving it an almost eagle-eyed vision.

Until recently, it was thought that T. Rex lived only in North America and Asia but scientists recently discovered a hip bone belonging to an ancestor of the T-Rex in Australia. The bone came from a dinosaur that lived earlier in the Cretaceous period, about 40 million years before the T-Rex.

During this time the supercontinent began to separate and drift, becoming more like the continents we have today. So if this dinosaur made it to Australia, then it could have easily gone to the other southern continents too. This lead scientists to believe that the Tyrannosaurs may have lived all over the world – and that more bones might be discovered in South America, India and Africa. When dinosaur bones were first found hundreds of years ago by the Chinese, they thought they were the bones of giant dragons!

To this day, this deadly dinosaur’s two tiny, clawed arms (less than 3 feet in length) remain a mystery. Many scientists think they may have been used to help these skilled hunters to grab their prey.


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Dino(saur) Days | Dreadnoughtus


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The giant and mysterious titanosaur known as Dreadnoughtus doesn’t just make the menacing T-Rex look small in comparison. It makes it look downright puny.  🌐 Visit our website 🔗 http://www.ReadingTimeBooks.com to find more educational articles, our new Kids in the Kitchen segment, videos + more! 😇 If you'd like to support the show you can do so here 🔗 https://bit.ly/3wK3sCR 🐶 We 🧡 our furry friends 🐾 here on the Wise Owl Kids Podcast (our mascot is an owl, after all 🦉), so if you'd prefer to put your support to help animals in need you can do so here 🔗 ASPCA and 🔗 The Humane Society of the United States #WiseOwlPals 📒📙📗 BOOKLIST 👀 🐿️ SHADOW TAIL 🔗 https://amzn.to/2TTgrnY 🌌 THE BLUE SKY MYSTERY 🔗 https://amzn.to/3vZqlBn 🌩️ THE BOOM BOOM CLAP MYSTERY 🔗 https://amzn.to/3dlxyFf 🍌 THE TALE OF CAPTAIN BANANAS MCGEE 🔗 https://amzn.to/3vUlum5 🦊 AGENT CHILLY FOXCHASER 🔗 https://amzn.to/31fd6PV 🌈 THE STAR JAR 🔗 https://amzn.to/3d646SU 🦋 WHY AM I A BUTTERFLY? 🔗 https://amzn.to/3rkxY30 😸 THE REALM OF CUCKOO CAT 🔗 https://amzn.to/3fd5GoO 🦁 THE LION & THE MOUSE 🔗 https://amzn.to/3A95ONf ⭐ THE STARS AREN'T VERY FAR 🔗 https://amzn.to/3cjIqna 👦 A FRIEND FOR BELLA 🔗 https://amzn.to/3tSrERT 💪 THE ALPHABET HEROES 🔗 https://amzn.to/3tSNjcQ #Storiesforkids #ReadAloudStoriesforkids #KidsBookReadAloud #WiseOwlPodcast #WiseOwlKidsPodcast — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/wise-owl/support

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