"Twinkle twinkle little Stars" Astronomical Version

Most of us were sung lullabies and read fairy tales when we were children. Some of them were a bit horrifying, what with all the death and bloodshed. Such as, the wicked stepmother in Snow White being forced to dance herself to death in (virtually) molten iron shoes, or the Little Mermaid drowning herself at the end of the storey, or the imaginary references to the Black Death in “Ring Around the Rosie” (if you were not read the original versions of these stories as a child, but got the water-down modern forms, I recommend that you look them up).

Other stories and lullabies didn’t contain rampant death, but were horrifying for other causes: Their scientific impreciseness. Okay, so maybe a few mistaken factoids doesn’t make them horrifying. But still, it is always fun to have scientifically precise versions to juxtapose with the more fanciful versions. First, they are just amusing. And second, they are a best way to get childern thinking and asking questions about science (if you sing this, you’ll possibly have to clarify what a pulsar is, which might need you to do some of your own research).

So take a stroll through this version of the kids classic. It covers why stars twinkle? What occurs when they transform into supernovas? and even what black holes are?




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