On this episode of The Children’s Hour, the Kids Crew talk with an exoplanetologist, Dr. Diana Dragomir. We discover what an exoplanet is, and how astronomers find them in a vast sea of stars. Learn if there’s life outside our solar system, and how you can help in the search.

Plus we’ll hear from the kids in the Extinction Diaries about the current condition of the Amazon rainforest.

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All of this is mixed with great music that’s sure to take you out of this world including songs by the Green Chile Jam Band, Justin Roberts, Monty Python, The BeatBuds, Claudia Robin Gunn, Phredd, Raffi, SaulPaul, and Charity And The JAMband.

Here is a poster of an artist’s rendition of real exoplanets that have been discovered. Click here for full size poster.

Here’s NASA’s Exoplanet page that includes some coloring pages for kids!



Want to help hunt for exoplanets? Here are some sites to get started:




Want to learn more about exoplanets by watching a video? Check this out:

The Children’s Hour is supported by the Cultural Services Department and the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund at the City of Albuquerque. This project is supported in part by an award from New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. We also have support from Electric Playhouse and numerous foundations also support our work including the Infinite Gesture Fund, The Limestone Fund, The Laughing Buddha Fund, and the Tarbell Charitable Fund. Thank you to our listeners who contribute to us through the Paypal Giving Fund, Paypal, by subscribing to our podcasts on Patreon, and thank you to the users of Token Ibis who choose to direct the organization to donate to The Children’s Hour.

04:00Looking for a PlanetGreen Chili Jam BandCoconut Moon2009 Green Chili Jam Band
02:35Nine PlanetsJustin RobertsNot Naptime2002 Justin Roberts
02:41Galaxy SongMonty PythonStephen Hawking Sings Monty Python... Galaxy Song (feat. Stephen Hawking) - Single2015 Virgin Records
00:51Tastes Like Space (Instrumental)Secret Agent 23 SkidooInfinity Plus One2016 Underground Playground
02:35The Planets SongThe BeatBudsThe BeatBuds, Vol. 2Jonathan Jonah and Matthew Shapiro
03:03How Far Is a Lightyear (Solar System Song)Claudia Robin GunnLittle Wild Universe2020 Claudia Robin Gunn
00:46Space LizardsPhreddPhreddtastic2009 Smart Records
01:31Space ProbeMetreCircuitFreeMusicArchive
03:08Blue White PlanetRaffiLove Bug2014 Troubadour Music Inc. Under exclusive license to Rounder Records. Manufactured and distributed by Concord Music Group, Inc.
03:00Stardust (feat. Mo Phillips)SaulPaulBe the Change2020 ReRoute Music Group
04:09We Are StardustCharity and the JAMbandParty Like a Twinkle Star2009 Charity Kahn
03:17Space TravelBorrtexDistant Sphere - EP2018 Borrtex Music Production
02:56Earth From Outer Space (feat. K'naan)Michael Franti & SpearheadAll People2013 Boo Boo Wax, Under Exclusive License To Capitol Records, LLC

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