My 5 year old kid received a few National Geographic Kids books for Christmas and we have been reading them the past few days. We’ve read books about Volcano’s and Rocks and Mineral’s and I’ve been able to answer most of his questions pretty easily so far; but now we have moved on to a book about Space and the Solar System and I’m stuck on a question.
As we began the book, I mentioned that while it was currently night time where we live; it was daylight and morning in other places on Earth and referred to beach ball type of globe that I’ve been using to teach him about the world over the past few months (or mostly to throw around). He found it quite hard to believe that is could be daytime someplace, but then I showed him how the globe rotates and it that one side is opposite the sun and gets dark. I then mentioned that Earth was a planet and his reaction was pretty much: WTF? We live on a planet???
Despite having had the globe for a while I guess I never explicitly said earth was a planet; it was always just earth. Anyway this brought him to this question… Do we live in space?
My first thought was no, space is around earth. But then I said that earth floats in space and since we are on earth I think we are in sort of in space. Then my next thought was that we should ask mom… she confirmed that we live in space because it’s all around us. But he asked me again this morning and I’m hoping to get a real factual answer, if one exists. Thanks…
Bonus question… does anyone know which planet was visible yesterday morning near the moon just before sunrise in the Northeast US (1/2/2019). I thought it was Mercury, but now I think it was Venus.
I still have a lot to learn about space.