Our Very Own Star
Beautiful views of the Sun are featured in this program, from optical effects of
sunlight in Earth’s atmosphere, to views of the Sun from space. Students make
observations that show how the Sun can be used as a time keeper and how sun- spots
can show us that the Sun is giant spinning ball of gas. They use models of the
magnetic fields of Earth and of the Sun to see why sunspots come in clusters and how
the Earth’s magnetism affects space around Earth. Classroom activities include using
a gnomon and shadow of the Sun to find East, safely observing the real Sun, tracking
sunspots, tracing magnetic fields, and watching solar storms.
News/Updates for PASS: Our Very Own Star
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