This year in science we will be exploring our planet Earth and its place in our universe. Earth may be a small planet, but it has some pretty big forces driving it. We are also part of a solar system that some estimate to be nearly 12 trillion miles from one edge to another. That is 12,000,000,000,000 miles! If that isn’t enough, we are part of a galaxy with billions of starts that is part of a universe with billions of galaxies. We have a great deal of ground to cover this year. Don’t be intimated though, most of our time will be spent studying forces that occur on this rock we call home. The remaining will be spent on the study of the cosmos.