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Blast off to Space! 2017 Summer of Learning

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Blast off to Space! Mission Log - Mission 2

2017 Summer of Learning: Blast off to space! Stars. They are just like us!

Mission 2

Stars. They are just like us!

To complete this task, finish the story about the brightest star in our night sky, Sirius A in your mission log.

To find out the real story about Sirius A, read on:

Sirius A

Sirius A is the brightest star in the night sky. The Sun is less than 25 times as bright. Sirius A has spent the last billion years shinning bright in the Milky Way.

Sirius A has had many different purposes. It was an important compass for those who lived in the Pacific Ocean. Sirius A hung low on the horizon so captains could find their destinations.

The ancient Hawaiians called Sirius A many different names, including Hoku-ho'okele-wa'a which means canoe guiding star.

Later, Sirius A became very important in the scientific community - it was the first star to have its velocity measured. Astronomers have calculated that Sirius A is 8.611 light years away from earth - which means it would take you over 8 years of travel before arriving to Sirius A!

Here's how to join in:

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to spend time this summer exploring your galaxy

Pick up a free Mission Log from your library branch or download and print out the activities and mission log. Then begin exploring space-related activities, games, puzzles and reading missons.
 
 

The more you do, the more you win!

Level 1
  • Read 20 minutes a day for 8 days
  • complete 2 activities from your Mission Log

Earn these prizes:

  • your name on the Wall of Space Voyagers,
  • one entry into the grand prize drawing
  • one prize from the prize box at your local library.
Level 2
  • Read 20 minutes a day for 8 additional days
  • complete 2 more activities from your Mission Log

Earn all Level 1 prizes plus:

  • one additional entry into the grand prize drawing
  • one prize from the prize box at your local library.
Level 3
  • Read 20 minutes a day for 7 additional days
  • complete 3 more activities from your Mission Log

Earn all Levels 1 &  2 prizes plus:

  • one additional entry into the grand prize drawing
  • one prize from the prize box at your local library.

 

Attend free programs all summer long at a library near you.
Note: Some programs require registration. Registration will open 2 weeks before the start of each workshop or series.

 

We thank our sponsors

The Seattle Public Library Foundation Tableau  

The 2017 Summer of Learning program, Blast Off to Space! is funded by generous donations from The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Tableau.