Learning Fun for Kids Online

Home school and after school, kids online can access some great sites and games that are both educational and fun. This site reviews and links to the best, and also discusses some parenting articles and homework sites of interest to parents.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe explores how big (and how little) stuff is when compare to other stuff -- like, for example, how "a small glass table top to a human is a vast plane of strange smoothness to a dust mite."

The interactive flash animation uses the metric system of measurement, so a human is shown to be 1.7 meters which is 5.6 feet. You can see how this compares to the 3-meter lengthwise measurement of some of the largest Japanese Spider Crabs.

Each image not only contains measurements, but information that's written in a fun and engaging manner -- take the rafflesia, for instance. Measuring one meter across,
it's the largest single flower in the world. It can weight up to 10 kilograms [22 pounds], which is actually pretty heavy. The flower smells like rotting flesh to attract flies, which will pollinate it.
Take time to explore this NASA/Michigan Tech site. You'll find the Astronomy Picture of the Day on the homepage while the index page leads to information on colliding galaxies, dark matter and supernova remnants.


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