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Make a Pinwheel Galaxy PINWHEEL Take Home Kit (NASA @ Your Library)

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The Pinwheel Galaxy is a spiral-shaped galaxy about 21 million light years away from Earth. Scientists call this swirling galaxy M101. You can find it in the constellation Ursa Major, or the "Big Dipper," in the Northern Hemisphere. With a nice, dark sky, you can see it with binoculars or a small telescope. For those of us who can't see it in the night sky, we can have the next best thing: a Pinwheel Galaxy pinwheel!

Pick up your very own Pinwheel Galaxy pinwheel kit. First come, first served. For a video tutorial, visit, and be sure to browse our out-of-this-world collection of space, rocket and astronomy books while you're at the library!

Metro Library is excited to announce that our Ralph Ellison branch was one of 60 libraries nationwide that was awarded a grant with NASA@MyLibrary! Thanks to this grant, all locations will be able to share the resources and will have the opportunity to join in with the space-themed Beanstack challenge, programs, displays, and take-home kits. Stop by our info desk to find out more OR visit

The NASA @ My Library grant focuses on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWSP) which is scheduled to launch on December 25 with the first images due to arrive in May. The JWSP captures more of the light spectrum than traditional telescopes allowing us to see non-visible light, like infrared and x-rays, which will allow us to gain a better understanding of the universe.

NASA @ My Library is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and Education Development Center (EDC). This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. This work was also assisted and supported by the Space Science Institute, which was the recipient of the cooperative agreement. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s)and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA or the Space Science Institute.