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December 2018

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Double Puzzle Unscrambled Clues (p. 8): Ski, Snowball, Snowboard, Build a Snowman, Sledding, Make a Snow Fort. Puzzle Secret Message: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow! Wright Brothers' Telegram Message (Morse Code, p. 13): Success Four Flights

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Welcome December! December is here and there are so many fun annual traditions to enjoy in the North Carolina Triangle! Enjoy performances at the North Carolina Symphony, the Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms, the Triangle Youth Ballet's performances of The Nutcracker, shows and events at Morehead Planetarium + Science Center, and performances of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (live on stage at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh - see page 8 for details.) December is a great time to look up at the starry night sky! Ask your parents to watch for the Geminid meteor shower ("shooting stars") the nights of December 13th to14th. Read about more December 2018 night sky happenings with NASA Space Place on page 14. Celebrate the winter solstice at the annual Lantern Walk on December 21st at the Riverwalk on the Eno in Hillsborough, NC (page 10). December 17th is the 115th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Read about Orville and Wilbur Wright on pages 12-13.

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Our Winter schedule begins Saturday, Nov. 17. Don’t miss all the exciting events including: • Night Lights: Family New Year’s Eve • “The Longest Night” planetarium show • Starry Nights: Winter Skies (adults only) • Star Families: The Milky Way & Moon Stories • Storytelling Under the Stars CHECK ONLINE FOR DAILY SCHEDULES: www.moreheadplanetarium.org 250 E. Franklin Street • Chapel Hill, NC • 919-962-1236 On the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The Weather Outside is Frightful …but the Animals are so Delightful at the Conservators Center! There’s an old saying that says, “Luck favors the prepared.” It means that if you’re prepared and ready for anything, nothing can catch you off-guard! This is a good motto to have when faced with something as unpredictable as winter weather.

Does your family do anything special to prepare for the cold winter months? Do you go into the attic and bring down the boxes of jackets, scarves, gloves, and hats that you packed away in April?

Maybe your parents line the windows to make sure your house stays warm, or start keeping a window scraper in the car for those COLD mornings when frost forms on the glass. The animal keepers at the Conservators Center work hard to prepare the critters for winter, too. Here are some things they do to make sure the animals at the Center stay healthy, cozy, and happy in cold weather: (Continued on page 7).

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Schedule a tour and meet these amazing animals and many more at the Conservators Center!

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(cont.) When it comes to the cold, we’re all • Metal troughs are exchanged for heated bowls to make sure the animals in this together. Now that you know how the animal keepers help the always have access to fresh water… critters at the Conservators Center instead of a bowl of solid ice! stay warm and cozy throughout December, January, and February, ask • Straw, heating pads, radiating your parents if there is something you heaters, and blankets are packed into den boxes and winter quarters to make can do to help your family prepare for winter! sure the critters have a cozy place to escape the chill. • Generators are tested for reliability to make sure the power will stay on during a winter storm, and deicing materials are brought in to make sure the animal keepers can walk on the paths without slipping and falling!

Bundle up and come out to the Conservators Center for a Winter in the Wild tour or for Tree Toss, where you can help Center staff wrap and decorate holiday gifts to give to the lions and tigers!

Visit www.conservatorscenter.org/ • Throughout the season, special visit/tours/ for more information. attention is paid to the animals’ skin, feet, and joints to ensure that everyone is staying healthy in the icy weather.

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December Maze

Read about the Wright Brothers' historic December 17, 1903 flight on pages 12 & 13.

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Hidden Picture Puzzles by Liz How many hidden items can you find?

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WINTER FUN DOUBLE PUZZLE 1. Unscramble each of the clue words. (Hint: The clue words are fun things to do in the winter snow.)

CLUE WORDS: KIS SOLWNLAB SABONDOWR DULIB A NOSAMWN DINEGDSL KEMA A WONS FTRO

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Copy the letters in the numbered boxes above, to the boxes below with the matching numbers.

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Ages 3 – 6 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:00 am ALSO Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 4 pm Chapel Hill Public Library

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Solstice Celebration Lantern Walk

Image: Caitlin Margaret Kelly / Hillsborough Arts Council

Hillsborough, NC Riverwalk, December 21st

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice marks the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year, and marks the start of the winter season. To celebrate the Winter Solstice, the annual Solstice Lantern Walk will take place at the Riverwalk in Hillsborough, NC on December 21, 2018 at 5:45 pm. The color theme for the lanterns is winter white. This event is free and open to the public. All participants must register in advance and bring a handmade, white lantern with a LED light. No flames are allowed. Bells and chimes may be added for a quiet twinkle to the otherwise silent walk.

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WHEN AND WHERE: Beginning at 5:30 pm, all participants must enter the Riverwalk from the Farmer's Market Pavilion, 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. All other entrances will be closed. The 30-minute walk will begin a 5:45 pm.

ALL SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, January 26, 2019 10am -1pm Call or email for more information: 919-967-1858 ext 144 or admissions@emersonwaldorf.org

SPECTATORS: Spectators can view the Lantern Walk from the Eno Parking Deck (behind Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough). Only registered participants with lanterns will be allowed to enter the Riverwalk. More information, online registration, and instructions for making lamps are available at www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org/lantern-walk. Design your own beautifully creative LED lantern to light up the night!

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Look for Math-A-Muse Answers on page 2.

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The Wright Brothers For many years throughout history, people dreamed of flying. Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci drew sketches for a winged flying machine in 1485. However the dream of human flight did not become a reality until 115 years ago, when two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, Wilbur and Orville Wright (after several years of hard work, trial and error, persistence and determination) invented a self-powered flying machine that could carry a pilot.

The Wright brothers grew up in Dayton, Ohio after spending some of their childhood in several different Midwestern towns. They had two older brothers (Reuchlin and Lorin, both of whom married and had children), and a younger sister, Katharine, who was a great friend to them and an encouraging supporter of their work throughout their lives. They also had two twin siblings who died when the twins were infants.

The Wright brothers' work to achieve flight changed the world, and their story is a great example of the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed . . . try, try again!"

The Toy that Led to Flight The boys' father would often bring small toys home to his children after traveling on church business. When Orville was around 7 and Wilbur was 11, their father brought them a "PÊnaud helicopter," a small rubber band– powered flying toy. Upon winding the rubber band attached to the propellors, the helicopter toy would fly straight up into the air and hover, before falling back down.

On September 24, 1959 U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared December 17 to be Wright Brothers Day, to commemorate the first successful flights in a heavier-thanair, mechanically propelled airplane, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A Happy and Creative Childhood Wilbur and Orville described their childhood as happy, and said that they were blessed to have parents who supported and encouraged them in all of their experiments, adventures, and business ventures.

This toy flying machine intrigued the brothers, and they made several copies of it in varying sizes, learning their first lessons about flight. They wrote years later that it was this toy that first got them interested in flight. Wilbur and Orville's School Years Wilbur excelled in school and he excelled at sports including football and ice hockey. He also was a fast runner. He planned to attend Yale until he suffered a very bad ice hockey injury. Many of his teeth were knocked out, resulting in other illnesses as well, which caused him to drop his plans to go to Yale after high school. Instead he read and studied voraciously, went into business with his younger brother Orville, and also took care of his mother who had become very ill.

Wilbur Wright at 10 years old.

Orville Wright at 6 years old.

Wilbur and Orville's mother, Susan Koerner Wright, met her husband when they both attended the same college in the 1850s. Her father was a carriage maker, and she learned from him how to work with tools, wood working, and the mechanics of machines. She built toys for her children, taught them how to build things, and how to figure out how machines worked. She encouraged her children to use their imaginations as well as to focus on their academic studies. Their father, Milton Wright, was a church clergyman (a United Brethren Church bishop) whose work required him to spend a lot of time travelling, visiting other towns and cities on church business. While away from home, he wrote encouraging letter to his children, and they wrote letters and post cards to him.

Orville showed an interest in technology and science early in life. He was always performing experiments and dismantling things to find out how they worked. Orville was a natural inventor from a very young age, as well as an entrepreneur. When he was 12 years old, he designed, made, and sold kites.

His kite-building experience would come in handy later on when he and Wilbur began experimenting with flying machines. Both boys also learned to play musical instruments; Orville played the mandolin. Brothers & Business Partners When Orville was only 18 years old and still in high school, the brothers started a printing business and began publishing their own newspapers. They even designed and built the printing press they used to print the newspapers. They also printed flyers, posters and other printed materials for other businesses. A few years later, when bicycles started to become a popular new means of transportation, the brothers started a shop to sell and rent bicycles, and repair them. They even designed, built, and sold their own bicycle models. From Printing Business & Bicycle Shop to Flying Machines.. While they were creating and building their own bicycles, in the 1890s the Wright brothers became fascinated by the possibility of human flight. They were excited about experiments others were doing with flying machine inventions. They were especially interested in the flying gliders of German engineer Otto Lilienthal, and they studied his work in detail. The Wright brothers decided to build a flying machine of their own. They spent a lot of time studying how birds fly (and glide), and the effects of air pressures on curved surfaces, to help them learn how to make a flying machine that could be steered and controlled. The Wright brothers wanted to invent a safe flying machine, and knew that the most important factor was to be able to control and steer the airplane -- something that no one had figured out how to do. In 1896, Otto Lilienthal was killed when his glider crashed. The Wright brothers were courageous in their work: they knew that testing these machines would put their own lives in danger. They studied Lilienthal's designs and calculations to determine where the problems and weaknesses were that caused his crash. They wanted to understand how his machine failed, and to discover the problems with his glider's system of control. The Wright brothers' work called many of Lilienthal’s assumptions and data into question, in order to correct the problems. They always acknowledged the achievements Lilienthal had made, and the quality and courage of his work.

Around 1900, the Wright brothers attached their glider to ropes, like a kite, to test it.

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December 17th is Wright Brothers Day (Cont.) As part of their work to figure out the best aerodynamic design for the airplane's wings, the Wright brothers built their own wind tunnel back in their bicycle workshop. The hundreds of wind tunnel tests they carried out led them to improve the design of their glider. Flying! Kitty Hawk The brothers' education in math and science helped them to do many detailed calculations, however they would also need practical experience to test different versions of their flying machine to create a working, steerable, controllable, selfpowered aeroplane that could carry a pilot. They needed a place to test their machines, so they looked for a place that had wind, privacy, and sand for soft landings. After contacting the National Weather Bureau, they decided to test Wilbur Wright their flying machines in windy Kitty (1867-1912) Hawk, North Carolina. The trip to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina from Dayton, Ohio took a long time in the early 1900s, requiring a long train ride, a ferry boat crossing, and another boat to get to Kitty Hawk from Ohio. At the time, there was mostly just beach and sand dunes in the area, with only a small fishing town in Kitty Hawk. In modern times, Kitty Hawk and the rest of the Outer Banks now have become developed beach town/recreation areas.

Seconds into the first airplane flight, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; December 17, 1903.

The photograph above shows the "Wright Flyer" in the first powered, controlled, and sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine, which took place near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. Before then, people had only flown in balloons or gliders or flying machines they could not control. Orville and Wilbur Wright flipped a coin to determine who would fly first that day!

In the years 1900 through 1903, the brothers Orville Wright spent months at Kitty Hawk, building different (1871-1948) glider models, testing them, repairing them after crash landings, trying again. During their early flight tests, they camped in a tent on the beach, and conditions were sometimes hard. There were high winds, blowing sand, hot summer days (100 degree temperatures), sometimes torrential rain, and swarms of horrible mosquitos. After the first two years of experiments, they moved into a shed they had built to store their glider, with beds and a kitchen area, complete with shelves for canned food. (See the picture at right.)

The photo shows Orville Wright at the controls, lying flat on the lower wing with his hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping (wing-twisting) mechanism that allowed the pilot to steer and control the plane. Wilbur Wright is shown running alongside to balance the Wright Flyer, after he had just let go of the right wing.

The Wright brothers' kitchen at Kitty Hawk.

Historic First Flight On December 17, 1903, a freezing cold, windy winter day, the Wright brothers tested their latest flying machine, called the Wright Flyer. This time their aeroplane flew! That day they flew four times. The first time, it flew for 12 seconds. It was the first time a powered machine under the control of a pilot flew in the air and landed at a point as high as its takeoff point. Their fourth flight that day of 852 feet lasted 59 seconds. From that time on, aviation -- and the world -- would never be the same. In a telegram to their father later that day, the brothers told him of their success, and that they planned to be home for Christmas. Fast Forward 65 Years in the World of Flight On July 20, 1969, flight took a different direction and speed when the Apollo 11 mission traveled all the way to the Moon. It was the first time a human took steps on the Moon - a long way from the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, but only 65 and a half years later! It all began with two brothers who dreamed of flying and kept on trying until they succeeded.

The Wright brothers tried to keep their invention mostly secret for a few years until they had improved and perfected the design; they showed it to the world in 1908. (They filed a patent on their airplane in March 1903.)

What did the Wright Brothers' telegram say? The Wright brothers telegraphed their father on December 17, 1903. Use Morse code to fill in the blanks in the box below to solve the message.

A .- B -... C -.-. H .... I .. J .- - O - - - P .- -. Q - -.V ...- W .- - X -..-

D -.. K -.R .-. Y -.- -

... ..- -.-. -.-. . ... ...

E . F ..-. G - -. L .-.. M - - N -. S ... T - U ..Z - -.. ..-. - - - ..- .-.

..-. .-.. .. - -. .... - ...

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NASA December 2018 Night Sky Notes: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 8, Geminid Meteor Showers, & Comet Hunting December 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 8 mission, when humans first orbited the Moon in a triumph of human engineering. The mission may be most famous for “Earthrise,” the iconic photograph of Earth suspended over the rugged lunar surface. The photo inspired the imaginations of people around the world and remains one of the most famous photos ever taken. You can take note of Apollo 8’s mission milestones while observing the Moon this month. Watch the nearly full Moon rise just before sunset on December 21, 2018, exactly 50 years after Apollo 8 launched. On those days five decades earlier (in December 1968) astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders sped towards the Moon in their fully crewed command module. The three brave Apollo 8 astronauts spent 20 sleepless hours in orbit around the Moon, starting on Dec 24, 1968. During those ten orbits they became the first humans to see with their own eyes both the far side of the Moon and an Earthrise! The Apollo 8 crew telecast a holiday message on December 25, 1968 to a record number of Earthbound viewers as they orbited over the lifeless lunar terrain: "Good night, good luck, a merry Christmas and God bless all of you - all of you on the good Earth." Just two days later the astronauts splashed down into the Pacific Ocean after achieving all the mission’s test objectives, paving the way for another giant leap in space exploration the following year.

Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts - Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders - held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and Moon as seen from their spacecraft. Lovell said, "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." The astronauts ended the broadcast with the crew taking turns reading from the book of Genesis. "Earthrise" Image Credit: NASA

bad weather and light pollution if you can,

December 2018 Sky Watching and of course everyone should make sure to

On the evenings following December 21st, watch the Moon pass over the top of Orion and on through Gemini. Notice how the Moon rises later each evening, and how its phase wanes from full on Dec 22 to gibbous through the rest of the week.

The Geminids, an excellent annual meteor shower, peaks the evening of December 13th through the morning of December 14th this year. They get their chance to truly shine after a waxing crescent Moon sets around 10:30 pm on the 13th. Expert Geminid observers can spot around 100 meteors per hour under ideal conditions. You’ll spot quite a few meteors by avoiding

bundle up and take frequent warming breaks. While you are out meteor watching, you can also look for comet 46P/Wirtanen. Its closest approach to Earth brings it within 7.1 million miles of us on December 16. That’s 30 times the average Earth-Moon distance! While passing near enough to rank as the 10th closest cometary approach in modern times, there is no danger of this object striking our planet. Cometary brightness is hard to predict, and while there is a chance comet 46P/Wirtanen may flare up to naked eye visibility, it will likely remain visible only with binoculars or telescopes. Some of the best nights to hunt

for it will be December 15th and 16th as it passes between two prominent star clusters in Taurus: the Pleiades and the V-shaped Hyades. Happy meteor and comet hunting! - By David Prosper, NASA Night Sky Network This article is distributed by the NASA Night Sky Network, a coalition of hundreds of astronomy clubs across the US dedicated to astronomy outreach. Visit nightsky.jpl.nasa. gov to find local clubs, events, stargazing info and more. Catch up on all of NASA’s past, current, and future missions at nasa.gov. Visit NASA Space Place to learn more! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/

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DECEMBER 2018 Flick Picks Mary Poppins Returns In Theaters: December 19, 2018

In Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family. In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and brief action. Family, Fantasy, Musical. (130 min.) Walt Disney Pictures, Lucamar Productions, Marc Platt Productions.

The Grinch In Theaters: November 9, 2018

In this new 3D computer-animated animated comedy Christmas film version of the beloved Dr. Seuss book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. The Grinch's main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime, when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang (and lots of noise). When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all. Rated PG (for brief rude humor.) 1 hr. 30 min. Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment.

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By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults

The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups! Kids Across

1. It's what you raise to wave goodbye 5. It's the most wonderful time of the year: Kids (and teachers, too!) can hardly wait to leave _____ in late December and enjoy holiday fun with family 7. Back in the mid-1800s, when hopeful prospectors rushed to the West in search of gold, their friends and family probably sent them off with these encouraging words: "Good bye and good ___!" 8. A salty drop of water that might fall from your grandmother's eye as your visit comes to an end 9. It's time to say goodbye to the year we're in and welcome in the next one: New Year's _____ 10. Just say the word (and be ready to pay the fare) and a ____ driver will take you anywhere you want to go 11. A warm wrap-up in the arms of two or more relatives at once is a called a group ____

13. You can fly!: When a mommy bird feels it's time, she nudges a baby bird out of the _____ 15. It's the period in March or April when students get a little (spring)time off: spring _____ 17. Goodbye, King!: They left England because they wanted freedom of religion and landed on Plymouth Rock 21. If you get to the bus stop even a few minutes late, you may discover that the bus is already ______ 22. Rhyme and go: To go on a cruise to is to take a trip on a ____ 23. To walk out (or the 4D a person does it through)

Parents Down 2.

New Year's standard: "_____ Lang Syne" is the sentimental song sung by millions at midnight, though few know its true meaning (It's Scots for "old long since" or "times gone by") 3. Present-day clue: The final

days of 2018 are in it 4. Front, back or trap -- when you're headed out, it's the way to go 6. Departs (or autumn's fallen tree parts) 8. Vehicle rented when it's time to make a move 12. A summer place where kids go to try a canoe or find lots of other cool things to do 13. City of celebration: It's where the giant, glittering ball comes down to welcome the New Year (abbr.) 14. Not-so-secret agent type who can get you to a great vacation destination 16. Way to say farewell to one's amigo 18. A _____ of wind can send a kite on its way 19. Bon voyage!: To begin a voyage on a 22A is to set ____ 20. Place where freshmen settle in for new beginnings (parents battle goodbye tears)

Goodbye, 2018! Happy New Year! Solution on page 2.

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