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Article of the month: July 2014
The Invisible Shield of our Sun
Voyager 1 famously entered interstellar space back in the summer of 2012. In doing so, it left behind the protection of our Sun—a mighty shield called the heliosphere. What is the heliosphere, how is it created, and what does it shield our solar system from? Find out the answers to all these questions and more in this month's column!
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Play and learn
Simple and fun learning activities to share with children.
Clues from Ancient Light—With the GALEX space telescope, astronomers know the age of a source's light by its degree of red shift. In this learning-by-analogy activity, kids arrange pictures of familiar objects by judging which is older.
Paint by Pixels—Make a picture using a technique similar to that used by many NASA spacecraft to record and send pictures back to Earth.