Today is International Astronomy Day! I don't know a whole lot about astronomy, but I've been studying up (interestingly, this is also an astronomy awareness year, so today is doubly important).
In the spirit of the day, I'm doing a little program at work. It's a geocaching class, and my students will be navigating between points and collecting hints to help them guess a few different items up in the skies. Here's one of the hints from the trails; see if you can guess what it is before getting to the last clue! (please note: the "xxx.2" is where the GPS coordinates will go. I haven't quite sorted that all out yet but will have it done before the class. The last number in GPS coordinates is only important for being super accurate, so it's possible to change it in order to make the rhyme work.)
Today we celebrate the sky / and all the things that by us fly / as we orbit 'round the sun / let's learn some facts and have some fun!
to start your search and get your clue / your first stop is xxx.2
Up in the sky, I travel round/ a glowing orb that makes no sound/ my days are just as long as yours / but my cold and icy winter bores
journey on for your next clue/ your next stop is xxx.2
my mountain towers 15 miles high / and I look red in your night sky / I'm close to you but not as hot / your rovers have landed here a lot
journey on for your next clue! your next stop is xxx.2
Covered in dust from all my storms/ my sky's not blue, it's brown and orange/ the god of war gave me his name / but my Martians do not play that game
think you know? don't climb a tree!
return to xxxx.3