I’m not sure if you’re anything like me, but if you are, learning about space can be…well…dry. Don’t get me wrong, tons of information about our universe is mind blowing. In fact, I sometimes wonder if the shear amount of knowledge is what makes the learning experience less than fun. Unless you have a science-loving brain — and kudos if you do — your eyes glaze at the thought of hearing or reading about how Saturn’s rings have changed color over time.
Thankfully, for us non-science loving people that would still like to know a thing or two about space, Dean Regas released a helpful book titled Facts From Space in October of this year. This humorous, insightful look at space is short and sweet and all we need to get our facts on!
Regas is an astronomer and public outreach educator at the Cincinnati Observatory. Writing Facts From Space was his clever way of making space related science both accessible and kind of fun! Within the book, he gives countless short interesting facts about our universe. Some of these happen to be pretty laugh-worthy. For instance, did you know that astronauts’ waste used to be left in the cold space air, making frozen floating delicate formations of pee? Makes me think of yellow snowflakes — Never eat yellow snow has a whole new connotation. Now, I’ll never be able to erase that fact from my brain. One point for Dean Regas!
Since this book is a collection of facts, you need not start at the beginning and read all the way through. Dare I say it, but this would be an awesome bathroom reader. Move over Uncle John! Pick up a copy on Amazon, and prepare to learn.
In all sincerity, this book of fantastically weird, totally quirky, and surprisingly funny space information is designed to make learning fun for most ages. The short one to three sentence blurbs make even those of us with the most leary attention spans focus, if only momentarily. A warning, there is a mention of sex in space within the pages of this book. Something to consider if you plan to make this a stocking stuffer for a young reader.
I’d like to finish this post with a space pun, but I need a tad bit more time to planet.
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