January 30, 2009

"Your dog must be sick. He isn’t barking. He just goes tick, tick,  tick."

"He’s not sick. He goes tick, tick, tick because he’s a watchdog!"

"Well, if he’s a watchdog, why is he running around in circles?"

"That’s because he’s all wound up!" 

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January 30, 2009


Nearly 400 years ago, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei constructed a tiny   astronomical telescope and looked at the night sky. He peered at the planet Jupiter, then a strange and mysterious object. Galileo discovered three faint dots around the planet and wondered what they might be.

Over the following year, Galileo observed Jupiter and these tiny pin-pricks of light. He discovered a fourth and saw that they were in motion around Jupiter. Could they be moons, other worlds in their own right? Galileo had discovered the first satellites circling around a planet other than our own. In future years they were named Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. They are now known as the Galilean Satellites, in honour of the great scientist.

Galileo realized that these four moons were orbiting Jupiter. His observations cast doubt on the accepted view (at that time) that the Earth was the center of the Universe. Years later,  the Galilean moons would be used by science to support Copernicus’s theory of a heliocentric, sun-centered universe, which we now know is much closer to the truth.

With a small telescope or a pair of binoculars, you too can see Jupiter and its moons, much as Galileo did nearly 400 years ago. On a crisp and cloudless night, find a safe and dark location to look to the night sky. The best places to look at the sky are away from street lights. The best observing time for Jupiter this year is in the summer. Jupiter is bright during the month of August, making this a good time to view its moons.

Focus your telescope or binoculars on Jupiter and try to pick out the dots of light on either side. These are the moons, just as Galileo saw them! You can even track their positions over consecutive nights, as he did. Even if you don’t observe Jupiter and the Galilean moons during 2009, it’s still worth looking up on a starry night and remembering how, nearly 400 years ago, history was made by Galileo doing the same thing. 

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January 29, 2009

Did you know that a baby cockroach can crawl into your house through an opening the thickness of a penny? Read about cockroaches, rats, hyenas,  vultures and other animals nobody loves in Seymour’s book ANIMALS NOBODY LOVES. Click on Seymour Simon’s Bookstore to get a copy.

 

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January 29, 2009

What did the Mother Buffalo say to her son when he left for school today?

Ready for this one?

BISON! 

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January 27, 2009

Do you know that all snakes are carniverous? That is, snakes eat only other animals, no plants.

Do you know that some snakes can eat an animal that weighs more than they do? (Can you imagine eating a sandwich that weighs more than you do?) 

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January 27, 2009

Here’s a website of a worthwhile group that is promoting literacy and making books available for all children and particularly those at risk.

Books for Kids 

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January 27, 2009


How about you trying to make up your own Animal Fact or Animal Fiction?

Do you know if everything you ever heard about snakes is fact or fiction?

Read Seymour’s book SNAKES and make up your own puzzle! Send it to Email SEYMOUR SCIENCE! 

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January 27, 2009

What do you call a cat that just ate a pickle?

Are you ready for this one?

Really ready?

Ok, then,

You call it a SOUR PUSS! 

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