Hi Cowan Elementary!

You’ll never guess who I met at Cowan Elementary School yesterday. The Moon! Well, she has a human name too, but for 15 minutes this nice, bright young student was a very convincing moon. You see the Moon and the Earth – did I mention the Earth was there too? It took three students and a hula hoop to make the Earth.

Anyway, the students at Cowan had a mystery to solve. They wanted to know why you can never see the far side of the Moon from anywhere on Earth. That’s right, we always see the same side. Never, in all of human history, has anyone on Earth ever seen the moon’s far side. And when you think about it, that’s pretty strange. I mean how can the Moon rotate on its access and orbit the earth, all-the-while keeping the same side facing Earth?

The Cowan kids wanted to know. So they did what good scientists often do; they made a model. Sort of like making a model airplane to figure out how the real ones move. Only in this case, the students played the parts of the Earth and Moon themselves. And right there in the cafeteria of Cowan Elementary School they figured it out.  They discovered a relationship between the moon’s rotation and orbit that solved the mystery.  It was seriously cool.

If you want to know the solution, just write in and ask. I bet somebody from Cowan will be happy to answer you.

But why wait? How about it Cowan Coyotes? Anyone want to explain the mystery now? Come to think of it, some students from McBee might know this, too. And maybe some other kids out there.

If you know, or want to talk about anything else space related, just click on comments below and send in your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you!

Me at Cowan just before meeting the Moon and Earth!




About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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