Today at Crayons we are pondering what type of vision aliens could possibly have and we are guided in this exercise by a passage from the book 'The Grand Design" by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. In the chapter, The Theory Of Everything, they state that it is perhaps no accident that the wavelengths of light we are able to see with the naked eye are those which the Sun radiates most strongly and, consequently, our eyes evolved to detect the light most available to them. The authors then go on to hypothesise that in all probability "if we ever run into beings form other planets" then they will have the ability to see the wavelengths their own Sun emits most strongly.
Therefore it is reasonable to assume that, if an Alien has evolved on a planet which has predominantly X Ray wavelengths radiated by their Sun, then yes, depending on atmospheric gas or light blocking dust, the aliens will have XRay vison. Hello Superman :-)
Our Sunday Fun today is aliens, superheroes and Star Wars!
For little ones there are aliens to colour in or perhaps make craft aliens - googly eyes, antennas and multiple legs seem to features all fictional aliens have in common and these can be made with pipe cleaners, craft pompoms, cotton balls and glue. They could then perhaps be bluetacked to the wall amongst the astronauts, spaceships and rockets from the Sunday Fun of the 4 October.
If there is some fun cooking today it would be fair to say that the more smartie or choc chip eyes the better for any alien themed cupcakes or cookies being made. Our Fun Cooking Collection has space ship cookie cutters for those wanting to have afternoon tea in somewhere near the Horsehead Nebula.
This beautiful image of the Horsehead Nebula is from NASA.
Older children may like to contemplate how their favourite super hero got those super powers or perhaps, using their own imaginations, create their own superheroes with super powers to meet the needs of atmospheres and landscapes in a galaxy far far away.
Speaking of which! Apart from Marvin the Martian our favourite aliens are from Star Wars and for older children with creative minds they may like to explore the dynamics of Star Destroyers or Jedi Interceptors. Or how Chewbacca adapted to life on the Millenium Falcon :-)