While we always share the¬†coolest advent calendars on Cool Mom Picks each year, though none might be quite so 21st century¬†as the genius, photo-a-day Hubble Telescope Advent Calendar. Visit the Atlantic online¬†each day for a new, remarkable photo¬†from Hubble, starting with the iconic 2014 high-def image of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation, shown below.

I kind of can’t wait to check back with my kids each day for a new reveal; or just visit the Atlantic in Focus Tumblr¬†each day. I know I can’t wait for the next one.

What a cool opportunity to parlay a countdown to Christmas into an opportunity for kids to learn more about the universe beyond what our eyes can see,¬†from a vivid shot of¬†Jupiter, the to twinkling¬†Centaurus A Galaxy that’s 16 million light years away.

Suddenly the notion of “peace on earth” actually feels kind of small, doesn’t it?

Hubble Telescope online advent calendar featuring a new remarkable shot each day

By the way, we’ve linked to the Advent calendar tag specifically so you can skip some of the other¬†photographs on the Tumblr¬†if you haven’t¬†vetted them first; there are some amazing shots there, but it includes¬†some disturbing news images from recent events, and a seriously creepy if eerily artful Krampus photo that might not be the best for very young stargazers.

Shown up top: the Celestial Spiral image from the 2014 Hubble Advent Calendar. Sorry kids, it’s not the north star — actually a pre-planetary nebula, known as IRAS 23166+1655. But won’t you feel cool for knowing that?


Visit the 2015 Hubble Telescope Advent Calendar on the Atlantic for a new photo reveal each day, or check out the images on the Atlantic in Focus Tumblr.

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