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 is] all a big nothing.” – Erik J Cox
“[There’s] more water on tiny Europa than there is on earth” – Ian in Brighton
“Io smells like rotten eggs because of the sulphur volcanoes. Stinkiest place in the Solar System?” – We Are All in the Gutter
“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
“You could float Saturn in the bath. If you had a Saturn-sized bath.” – Jim O’Donnell and John Hicks
“If the sun is a big beach ball, then the Earth is a small marble about a football field away” – Michael Nielsen
“[There’s] Red helium-neon rain on Jupiter and metallic snow/frost on Venus” – @blobrana
“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
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