A Scientifically Accurate Version of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

By Kate Knibbs on at

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" has persisted as a lullaby because it's sweet and catchy and encourages curiosity and star-gazing. It also doesn't explain a bloody thing about astronomy, something this updated rendition of the traditional ditty strives to correct.

Like a diamond in the sky is pretty imagery but also probably responsible for the objectively false notion that stars are shiny rocks and not luminous plasma.

Written by Henry Reich and Zach Weinersmith, this more accurate version of the song retains its sweetness while informing children and adult children's song enthusiasts about the importance of adaptive optics. There's also a book version illustrated by Chris Jones, and you can buy the song on iTunes or Google Play if you're looking for something educational to throw on during long drives to Christmas parties, to keeps the kids in the back entertained.