Why Nothing Can Travel Faster Than Light And Other Explorations

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For my science reader project I read the first one hundred pages of the book, Why Nothing Can Travel Faster than Light and Other Explorations in Nature’s Curiosity Shop. In the first one hundred pages I read twelve short essays that addressed topics ranging from measuring the vastness of our universe to global warming

In the first story I read, Sky Wanderers, the authors taught me about a beneficial acronym (My Very Eager Mother Just Served Us Pies) to remember the names of the planets in order of closest to farthest away from the Sun. Furthermore the chapter discusses the major facts known to us about the additional eight other planets in our solar system. Going in the same order as the acronym, He started with the planet Mercury. The planet is named after the Roman god Mercury because he was known for his fleetness of foot and Mercury travels around the sun faster than another planet. The planet is small, dense, closest to the sun out of all the other planets in the solar system, and the planet is uncoloniazable due to it not having an atmosphere which causes it to have a shift in temperature as extreme as 1080 degrees Fahrenheit, have no breathable air (or any air for that matter) and no protection from the extreme amount of solar radiation. The next planet he discussed was Venus. The planet is named after the Greek goddess of beauty, due to it being the brightest shinning planet. The planet is so hot that lead would melt on its surface (making it the hottest planet in…

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