Book About Stars and Planets by Yefrem Levitan

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It's not an easy task. " As soon as there was a sunny day, the children set about doing the job. First they chose an even spot in the yard of the kindergarten and thrust a ski stick into the ground in the middle of it. Now the¥ had a gnomon. Sveta traced a line in the sand along the shadow of the stick, while Alex marked the end of the shadow by a stone so everyone could see where the shadow ended. The children looked at the Sun again before lunch and Alex traced a new line in the sand and put a stone at the end.

Alex was upset. " "Let's check," said Father. "Listen to my orders. Close your eyes and tum around. Now open your eyes. " "Very good," said Father. " Alex turned his head in different directions and found the Big Dipper, he showed it to Father and Sveta.. When Alex and Sveta had remembered how the Big Dipper looked, Father said, "There are many weakly twinkling stars in the part of the sky where the Big Dipper is found as well as the seven bright stars which form it. In olden times, people noticed the bright stars of the Big Dipper and the dim stars next to it and called them Ursa Major (which means Great Bear in Latin) constellation.

At this point, a guide came up with a group of visitors, directed the lightspot from the mirror at a piece of metal, and everyone saw the metal melting. "Now you've seen how a solar smelting oven operates," said Father. " 38 "You sa membered. " aske "What ( "Solar c "There's cells turn the cells will al day, people homes by u: After sever, a magazine showed the) "This is "You said they were solar cells," Alex remembered. " asked Sveta. " Father asked. "Solar cells," Alex said. "There's the answer to Sveta's question, the cells turn the sun's rays into electricity.

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