Galaxy of Starry Visions, Lunar Dreams, and Distant Planets is a space popup card for the star gazers in your life.
“Outer Space” is back in popular culture.
Billionaires are hurtling into space.
For the rest of us, there is NASA, planetary mapping, Mars landings, Space Camp, exploration, innovation and astronomy.
Galaxy news: believers are abuzz with UFO sightings, alien abductions, galactic satellites, and little green Martians. Are we alone? Have alien spacecraft been buzzing across Earth’s skies?*
- Returning to Earth, that was the challenging part. ~Buzz Aldrin
- The time will come when man will know even what is going on in the other planets and perhaps be able to visit them. ~Henry Ford
- Don’t Panic. ~ Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns. ~Carl Sagan
- The universe brims with mysteries. ~Neil deGrasse Tyson
- I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here. ~Arthur C. Clarke
- The Universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space. ~Carl Sagan
- Failure is an option here. ~SpaceX Founder Elon Musk
- Retro space fans: see our terrific Spaceship popup card, a rocketship chased by flying saucers!
Galaxy of Starry Visions, Lunar Dreams popup card was inspired by The History of Space Exploration: Discoveries from the Ancient World to the Extraterrestrial Future, by former NASA historian Roger D. Launius.
Also check out Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond, the newly revised edition of National Geographic’s enduring guide to space, with introduction by Buzz Aldrin. Starting with the sun and moving outward into space, physicist James Trefil illuminates each planet, the most important moons, significant asteroids, and other objects in our solar system.
According to NASA, there are more planets than stars in our galaxy.
Our Solar System:
Our solar system consists of our star, the Sun, and everything bound to it by gravity — the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, dwarf planets such as Pluto, dozens of moons and millions of asteroids, comets and meteoroids. Beyond our own solar system, we have discovered thousands of planetary systems orbiting other stars in our home galaxy, the Milky Way.
Why Is It Called The “Solar” System?
There are many planetary systems like ours in the universe, with planets orbiting a host star. Our planetary system is named the “solar” system because our Sun is named Sol, after the Latin word for Sun, and anything related to the Sun we call “solar.”
*In honor of World UFO Day, here are a few facts about our otherworldly friends:
- There are an average of 70,000 reported UFO sightings every year. That’s an average of 192 per day.
- No UFO has ever been tracked on radar entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
- 1 in 5 Americans believe in alien abductions. Interestingly, males are more likely to believe in abductions than females.
- 1 in 7 Americans say that they, or someone they know, have had an encounter with a UFO.
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