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This is an activity about the rotation of the Sun. Learners examine images of the Sun taken by the Yohkoh satellite, use a grid overlay to mark the positions of the sunspots, and then calculate the rate at which the spots move to determine the... (View More)

This is an activity that uses numerical information to help dispel the prior conception that distance from the Sun causes the seasons on Earth. Learners will examine two images of the Sun, taken six months apart, measure the apparent diameter of the... (View More)

Audience: High school

This is a lesson plan for several related activities about the Sun. Learners will observe how a candle flame is like the Sun, brainstorm why the Sun is needed and how energy from the Sun is used, construct a Sun-Earth scale model illustrating both... (View More)

This is an experiment about shadow lengths, geometry, and motion. Learners will use a flashlight and toothpick to create a shadow and will measure changes the length of the shadow as they change the position of the light. This is activity B-1 of... (View More)

This is an activity that uses numerical information to help dispel the prior conception that distance from the Sun causes the seasons on Earth. Learners will examine two images of the Sun, taken six months apart, measure the apparent diameter of the... (View More)

Audience: High school

This is a lesson plan for several related activities about the Sun. Learners will observe how a candle flame is like the Sun, brainstorm why the Sun is needed and how energy from the Sun is used, construct a Sun-Earth scale model illustrating both... (View More)

In this activity, learners build a sextant to measure the altitude, or height above the horizon, of an object. The activity was originally designed to accompany a previous NASA-funded educational program, entitled The Sun in Time.

This is an activity about time. Learners will construct a pocket sundial to determine the time of day by using the shadow of a string cast on the dial and will observe the changing position of the shadow as the Sun appears to move across the sky.... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about time. Learners will construct a pocket sundial to determine the time of day by using the shadow of a string cast on the dial and will observe the changing position of the shadow as the Sun appears to move across the sky.... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about the Sun's position in the sky. Learners will use a clear plastic hemisphere to create a model of the sky and mark the position of the Sun in the sky on the hemisphere several times throughout the day. From this information,... (View More)

Audience: High school