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This is an activity about auroras. Learners will use images from the IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) satellite and measure the diameter of aurora ovals to identify if there is a correlation between severe magnetic storms... (View More)

Audience: High school

This is an activity about determining the distance of a solar flare from the center of the Sun's disk. Learners will use transparency grids overlaid on images of the Sun in order to calculate the distance of a solar flare, similar to a signal... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about magnetic fields. Using iron filings, learners will observe magnets in various arrangements to investigate the magnetic field lines of force. This information is then related to magnetic loops on the Sun's surface and the... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school

This is an activity about Earth's magnetosphere. Learners will use a magnet, simulating Earth's protective magnetosphere, and observe what occurs when iron filings, simulating the solar wind, blow past and encounter the magnet's field. This is the... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school

This is an activity about auroras. Learners will locate, study, and organize images from the IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) satellite and search for a pattern in time of how auroras change. This is the eighteenth... (View More)

Audience: High school

This is an activity about the movement of sunspots. Learners will project an image of the Sun using a telescope, binoculars, or a pinhole projector, observe and record sunspots over the course of several days, and calculate the speed of the observed... (View More)

This is a lesson about the motion of a coronal mass ejection, also called a CME. Learners will calculate the velocity and acceleration of a CME based on its position in a series of images from the Large-Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO)... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about Earth's magnetosphere. Using provided information, learners will determine the speed of electromagnetic radiation and the speed of material ejected from a solar flare and calculate when each will reach Earth. This is the... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about the solar cycle. Learners will use X-ray data from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and record the total number of solar flares in their birth month over the course of eleven years and compute... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about determining the size of a solar flare. Learners will measure the diameter of a solar flare by making calculations using transparency grids overlaid on images of the Sun. This is the third activity as part of the "How Does... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students