Cover Photo: This colored-pencil illustration shows the silhouettes of a mother and daughter as they look up at a dark starry sky being crossed by a orange, red, and yellow comet, like a fiery gash
Illustration by Hannah Lock for Catapult

Talking to Your Kids About Astronomical Phenomena

My daughter was fearless about the near-earth object. “It’s just ice and sky dust,” she told me when I asked if she felt afraid.

Shayne Terry's fiction has appeared in American Chordata, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, CRAFT Literary, and elsewhere and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.

Born and raised in northern Illinois, she now lives in Brooklyn.

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