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“A child’s question, but an adult”: Roskosmos helped a second-grader with a homework about how the space looks

The schoolboy argued with the teacher about the universe.

A drawing of a second-grader who did not like the teacher. Photo courtesy of Roskosmos
A drawing of a second-grader who did not like the teacher. Photo courtesy of Roskosmos
In Moscow, the teacher did not take the drawing of space from the second-grader, because “there is no such thing”, and she sent the boy to rewrite it. On the morning of April 27, the child’s father appealed to Roskosmos about the question of how the cosmos should look, and received an answer. This was reported by Mash, information was confirmed at Roskosmos.

The boy drew a large rocket, multicolored stars and the Sun with rays. The very space between the cosmic bodies he left white. But what exactly did not like the teacher – is unknown.

The father of the boy was interested in the conditions under which the cosmos may look the same as in the figure.

I understand that the teacher can answer that the child “sees” and represents space, and this will be true, but it became interesting, under what conditions or in what constellations space can look like the picture. It’s a childish question, but an adult.

father of a boy

In Roskosmos, the man was told that the stars really are of different colors and the teacher is not right. According to the department, the teacher first of all did not take into account the laws of physics and optics, and also denied the child “the right to own vision of the world.”

The human eye is designed in such a way that it recognizes colors, based on the degree of excitation of certain segments in the eye, responsible for the perception of red, blue and green spectra.

Since the stars radiate in a very wide spectrum, we often perceive only a mixture of these colors (green + red + blue = white). In fact, the stars are blue, and white, and yellow, and orange, and red.


As an example, Roskosmos gave a photo of cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, on which he captured a starry sky and a comet from the ISS.

The camera perceives the light emission spectra in a slightly different way. If you zoom in on the photo, you will see red, blue and yellow stars – only a small particle of the color splendor of the far space.

Photo by Gennady Padalka. Photo provided by Roskosmos
Photo by Gennady Padalka. Photo provided by Roskosmos
As noted by Mash, after the May holidays the boy intends to again pass the drawing to the teacher along with the answer of Roskosmos.
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