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What are the rings of Saturn?

Saturn’s rings probably consist of chunks of icy rocks, which hurtle around the planets equator in four plat rings. Twirling with its gleaming rings’ like a top in space.  Saturn is one of the most beautiful planets in our sun’s family.  No other planet has such rings. The rings are believed to consist of countless …

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Where does dust come from?

Housekeepers spend a good deal of time dusting.   If you have ever helped clean, or dust, furniture, you may have wondered where all the dust comes from.  It seems to be a daily chore, because dust is always with us. Dust settles from the air and makes a gray coating over everything around us.  Dust …

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What are the earth’s magnetic poles?

The earth is like a huge magnet with its own North and South magnetic poles, which are located several hundred miles from the true North and South Poles. Many people think that a magnetic compass needle points, to the North Pole. Well, a compass obviously does point in a northerly direction, but not to the …

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What is a pagoda?

A pagoda (pronounced puh GOH da) is a tall, tower like building found in many Asian countries.  Pagodas usually are used for temples and shrines.  They are made up of several tiers or stories, and are often richly decorated. It is the Chinese and Japanese pagodas that most people know best. The typical Chinese pagoda …

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Why does the moon have phases?

As we watch the moon night after night, it seems to change its shape.  These different appearances are called phases. The moon’s rotation around the earth causes the phases. The moon gives off no light of its own.  It reflects the light from the sun.  The sun can light up only one half of the …

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Why doesn’t the North Star move in the sky?

If we look at the stars, and then look again an hour or so later, we see that the spinning of the earth makes all the stars but the North Star seems to change positions in the sky. The North Star does not appear to move because it lies almost directly over the North Pole, …

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What is the earth’s atmosphere?

The atmosphere is the great  ocean of air enveloping the earth.  it extends up for hundreds of miles. You and I live at the bottom of a great ocean of air that surrounds the earth and that extends upward for hundreds of miles.  We call it the atmosphere. We could not live without it and …

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What causes rain?

You know rain falls from clouds.  Have you ever wondered how raindrops happen to be in clouds? Moisture is constantly evaporated from the earth’s surface by the warmth of the sun.  the invisible water vapor is carried upward by currents of warm, rising air.  As the moisture-loaded air rises it cools. As the air cools, …

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Why is a desert dry?

Deserts cover nearly a fifth of the earth’s surface.  We would probably describe a desert as a hot, barren land where it hardly ever rains—a land so dry that few plants can grow on it, and where other forms of life also find it difficult to exits.  The desert we have just described occupies nearly …

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What is a shooting star?

Shooting stars are tiny meteors that glow white hot when they hurtle from out of space into the earth’s atmosphere. If you look up at the sky long enough on a dark, clear night, you may see the fiery streak of a “shooting star” flash across the sky. While “shooting star” may be a pretty …

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