Can’t see the Sun? Maybe there is something blocking it. Here is a list of 10 surprising things that can block the Sun.
Where is the Sun during the day? On a clear day, this is a very simple question. The Sun is “up there” in the sky – it’s a big, bright, fiery ball and it’s generally a yellowish orange color. You just point to it – there it is, up in the sky, the Sun.
However, many things can block the Sun. Usually, it is clouds that block the Sun, but not always. Let’s take a tour of the astonishing number of things that can block the Sun.
The year 2018 is a Blue Moon bonanza! There was one in January and one on March 31st. The next one won’t arrive until October 2020. But, don’t worry… we’ve got 3 other types of moons lined up for you.
A Blue Moon happens when there is a Full Moon on the 1st* day of the month and a Full Moon on the last* day of the month. Two full moons in one month!
In other words, a Blue Moon is when there is a full moon twice in the same month. These two full moons always happen on the 1st or 2nd and the 30th and 31st of a month. “Blue Moon” is just a name for the second moon in that month – the moon does not turn the color blue.
Read on to learn about how the Blue Moon came to be and some suggestions for giving the other moon phases “Blue Moon” style names when they appear twice in a month. Suggestions are: Dark Moon, Nose Moon, and Tail Moon.Click here to continue reading…
The Earth is like a merry-go-round showing us seasonal constellations
That iconic childhood ride. Round and round each day we go, round and round each year we go, where we stop nobody knows! When we look out from the edge of the ride we can see the space beyond. Sometimes the Sun occupies that space, and sometimes that space is the night sky filled with stars.Click here to continue reading…
Physical Astronomy is a new way of teaching astronomy that emphasizes the human body and its relationship to other moving objects in space. The goal is to bring geometric and scientific awareness to a child’s everyday sky observations. Kids learn easily visible sky motions at a “kid’s eye level.”
The Sun does not move… we move
One of the first steps in Physical Astronomy is to forget you ever heard the words “Sunset” or “Sunrise.” These words (while rife with history, beautiful in their own right, and descriptive) are scientifically wrong. These words obscure the truth of our trip around the Sun. We are on the Earth, the Earth is spinning; the Sun appears to be moving, but it is us moving. Click here to continue reading…
Emoji designers created a nice range of moon emoji, astronomy emojis and space emojis. My favorite emojis are the Moon Phase Emojis. Space emojis to copy and paste (these look different on each browser)
Here are the moon emojis, astronomy emojis and space emojis as real emojis that can be selected individually (or in groups) and copied. The moon emoji is my personal favorite.
New for 2019! Saturn emoji
Earth globe emojis
🌎 🌍 🌏
Moon phases emojis in order from full moon to new moon to full moon
🌕 🌖 🌗 🌘 🌑 🌒 🌓 🌔 🌕
Moon emoji, Sun emoji, and Star emoji
🌚 🌝 🌞 🌛 🌜 🌙 💫 ⭐ 🌟 ✨
Explosion emoji, Comet emoji, Sun emoji, Rainbow emoji
💥 ☄ ☀ 🌈
Spaceship emoji, Satellite emoji
Alien emoji, Space invader emoji
Map of earth emoji, moon viewing ceremony emoji (Otsukimi – in Japanese: お月見), sunrise emoji, sunset emoji, shooting star emoji, city skyline with sun emoji, city skyline with moon emoji, and milky way emoji
🗺 🎑 🌅 🌄 🌠 🌇 🌃 🌌
Astronomy tools emoji, Telescope emoji
Religions with moon and stars emoji
☪ ✡ 🔯
Abstract sun, earth, galaxy, star, and full moon emojis
Note: there is currently no official lunar eclipse emoji, nor is there a solar eclipse emoji. Until the emoji designers create real eclipse emojis, I suggest using the black versions of the Moon and Sun.
Use this emoji ☾ for a lunar eclipse (it doesn’t look like any Moon phase – it actually somewhat resembles an eclipse) and this emoji ☀ for a solar eclipse emoji – because the black spot with lines looks like a total solar eclipse showing the Sun’s corona.
Here is a screenshot of all of the moon emoji and space emojis as seen on Apple’s Mac “High Sierra” OS.
Bonus: this list shows the moon phase emojis in order – the correct order of the phases of the moon.
Did you know that Emojis look different depending on which type of device you are seeing them on?
Here is what the Full Moon Emoji looks like on Apple Macs
And here is what it looks like on Microsoft PCs
Emojipedia has a catalog of all the variations of emojis including the Full Moon Emoji