Fainjin is learning about space at both school and Boys’ Brigade, and he is very taken with it. This has led to interesting breakfast-time exercises such as naming all the planets in decreasing distance from the sun, speculating how close you could get to the sun without being burnt up, and saying how many moons each planet has. Needless to say, these are questions the children put to me, in full confidence that I will have all the answers at my fingertips. (Oh my, I do miss Susan, who did!!!). Still, it’s a good thing to start the day thinking about where we can find the answers.
Fainjin is eager to share his new knowledge, too. He finds it fascinating that it is the sun that makes the moon shine – and it is pretty amazing, when you think about it. But this morning’s factoid gave me pause. “The craters on the moon are made by astronauts crashing into it!”
I have had a cartoon image in my head all day since: little spacemen in their white suits and opaque visors, spinning helplessly through space until they hurtle into the moon, raising little clouds of dust and leaving pockmarks on the face of our satellite.
“Do you perhaps mean asteroids?” I ventured, and sure enough that was it. “Yes! And they look like falling rocks!”
The moon wasn’t up tonight when we went out, but we found the Southern Cross and Orion’s Belt, and he was a happy little man.
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