Editor's note

This week, we’re heading to Queensland to meet some of Toowoomba’s curious kids. As part of USQ’s Astronomy Festival, I’ll be fielding questions from a group of astronomy-obsessed children as part of our space-themed live event. Professor Jonti Horner, Dr Belinda Nicholson, PhD student Jake Clark, and Eminent Visiting Scholar, Dr Katarina Miljkovic will be answering questions from kids in the audience, and answering them in a way a child can understand. Think of it as a cross between Q&A and a Wiggles concert. Already we’ve had a few questions sent in, including this one from six-year-old Rain: why is the Sun orange when white stars are the hottest? Dr Belinda Nicholson did a fantastic job answering.

If you know anyone living in Queensland’s Darling Downs who might be interested in this free event, please do send them this link. Registrations are required.

Molly Glassey

Digital Editor

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It’s true the Sun often looks orange, but it isn’t really orange. It is white. Flickr/Eyesplash

Curious Kids: why is the Sun orange when white stars are the hottest?

Belinda Nicholson, University of Southern Queensland

The very hottest stars actually glow blue.

Nests are not for sleep. They are for babies. Flickr/Anna Hesser

Curious Kids: where do swallows sleep?

Graham Fulton, The University of Queensland

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