Backyard campfires on cool autumn nights are the best. Warm fire. Cozy blankets. Campfire popcorn. Lots of stars...
...interesting conversation. Where did our hanging out around the backyard fire lead us? To some interesting questions from A.
How hot is fire?
Why is part of the fire orange and part of it blue?
How hot does it have to be to make popcorn pop?
How does popcorn pop?
How many stars are there?
Are all of those stars suns?
Do all suns have planets?
Can we see planets too?
Which one is Jupiter?
Why do the flames go up?
Why do the flames stop as they go up?
Is there other life in space?
How far are those stars?
Is there oxygen in space?
Can fire burn in space without oxygen?
If there is no gravity in space, what would fire look like in no-gravity (like in the space shuttle)?
Can we see a space shuttle or satellites from here?
Is that all the stars?
How come we can't see all the stars from here?
How can you tell that airplane is not as far as the stars?
Do different kinds of logs burn differently?
Does different fuel burn hotter?
What is hotter, big orange flames, or small blue flames?
And many (many!) more. I love following questions, thoughts, ideas, and inspirations wherever they might lead. What a great evening!
Note:: Any Minneapolis readers out there? My husband has a work conference this month in the Minneapolis/Bloomington area and we might tag along. We have been a few times before, but have been with kids only during the peak of winter. We'd love to find some fun things to do outside and/or more local and keep away from the big shopping/tourist oriented spots (other than the mandatory visit to IKEA, of course). Ideas/recommendations? You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! :)