I thought it would be fun to ask Twitter what space fact they would tell kids aged 7. Today I spoke to a class of young children about the Solar System and managed to get a few of these into my hour.
I rather enjoyed the various responses and thought they might inspire more in turn. So here’s a collection of things astronomers would tell very young children. Feel free to tweet me @orbitingfrog with more!
“You can fit over 1,300 Earth sized things inside Jupiter but over 1,300,000 Earth sized things inside our Sun. Stuff is huge!” – Megan Whewell
“If you drove to the sun it would take 152 years.” – Alistair Gibbs
“That [space] all a big nothing.” – Erik J Cox
“[There’s] more water on tiny Europa than there is on earth” – Ian in Brighton
“The giant planets have likely moved and Neptune and Uranus might have switched places.” - Meg Schwamb
“Tell them that dwarf planet Ceres was once a planet too & survived the downgrade to asteroid status.” – Richard Drumm
“If the sun is a big beach ball, then the Earth is a small marble about a football field away” – Michael Nielsen
“The rain on [Saturn’s moon] Titan is flammable (but there’s no oxygen there so it never burns).” – James O’Brien
NOTE: I’ll add more as they are Tweeted