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On Feb. 13th at 1738 UT, sunspot 1158 unleashed the strongest solar flare of the year so far, an M6.6-category blast.

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Wildest Weather Education
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Wildest Weather Education

Find educational materials about weather in space created by National Geographic to use in your classroom: activities, worksheets, videos, maps, diagrams, and related links.

  • Concepts: comet, earth-sun connection, engineering, extreme weather, jupiter, magnetic fields, national geographic movies, planets, rover, seasons, solar eclipse, solar system, space, space probe, space weather, stem, sun, sunspot, weather
StarTalk
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StarTalk

Explore space topics with this collection of educational resources based on Neil deGrasse Tyson's incredibly popular podcast.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: astronomy, moon, planets, space, stars, sun, universe
The Planets
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The Planets

Earth and the other seven planets that circle the star we call the sun and smaller objects such as moons make up our solar system.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: earth, jupiter, mars, mercury, neptune, orbital plane, planets, saturn, solar system, space, sun, uranus, venus
Turn up the Volume
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Turn up the Volume

About a million Earths could fit inside the sun. What? How?

  • Best for: Grades 6-11 (ages 11-17)
  • Concepts: earth, solar system, sun, volume
The Sun, Earth, and Cardinal Directions
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The Sun, Earth, and Cardinal Directions

Students record the position of the sun in the morning and afternoon and make connections to the directions east and west. They practice moving north, south, east, and west and use cardinal directions to read a map.

  • Best for: Grades 1 and under (ages 7 and under)
  • Concepts: cardinal directions, earth, equator, globes, maps, map skills, north pole, south pole, sun
SOHO
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SOHO

Illustration: SOHO space probe

  • Concepts: nasa, orbiters, soho, solar system, space probes, sun
Space Weather and Solar Activity
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Space Weather and Solar Activity

Students learn how solar activity is monitored and examine the impact the sun has on space weather and Earth systems.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: auroras, coronal mass ejections, satellites, solar activity, solar flares, space, space weather, sun, sun spots
Space Weather and Magnetism
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Space Weather and Magnetism

Students learn how the sun's activity and magnetism drive space weather and impact Earth's living and technological systems.

  • Best for: Grades 5-8 (ages 10-14)
  • Concepts: earth, magnetic fields, magnetism, polarity, solar activity, space weather, sun
Most Widely Viewed Solar Eclipse
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Most Widely Viewed Solar Eclipse

On August 11, 1999, the last total solar eclipse of the second millennium occurred.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: earth, eclipses, europe, india, middle east, moon, north atlantic, physics, sun
Transit of ISS
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Transit of ISS

Photograph: Disc of the sun with a tiny shadow of a satellite passing in front of it.

  • Concepts: international space station, satellites, solar system, space shuttles, sun, sunspots, transits
Solar Storms
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Solar Storms

Video. Scientists use data to create models of solar storms—violent, dangerous, and more powerful than anything on Earth.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: energy, magnetic fields, solar energy, solar flares, solar storms, sun
1990 Solar System
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1990 Solar System

This fascinating map of the solar system is teeming with information about the sun, planets, satellites, formation of the solar system, and makeup of celestial bodies. 

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: earth, jupiter, mars, mercury, moons, neptune, planets, pluto, saturn, solar system, space, sun, uranus, venus
Ra
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Ra

Illustration of ancient Egyptian sun god.

  • Concepts: ancient egypt, gods and goddesses, mythology, nile river, pyramids, sun
Solar Leaders
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Solar Leaders

Map of global solar energy potential and use.

  • Concepts: maps, renewable energy, solar energy
Solar Power
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Solar Power

California, a leading state in solar power, has found many ways to harness the Sun, the most powerful source of energy on the planet. 

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: electricity, energy, renewable energy, solar panels, solar plant, solar power, sun
solar energy
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solar energy

Solar energy is created by nuclear fusion that takes place in the sun. It is necessary for life on Earth, and can be harvested for human uses such as electricity.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: architecture, photovoltaics, renewable resources, solar energy, sustainability
sun
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sun

The sun is an ordinary star, one of about 100 billion in our galaxy, the Milky Way. This ordinary star makes possible all life in the known universe.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: astronomy, heat, light, solar energy, solar system, stars, sun
Seasons
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Seasons

Illustration of why Earth has seasons

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: axis, earth, fall, seasons, space, spring, summer , sun, winter
Unlocking the Secrets of Space Weather
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Unlocking the Secrets of Space Weather

Video. What is space weather?

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, solar system, solar wind, space, space weather, sun, technology
What are Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections?
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What are Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections?

Video. Astrophysicist explains the difference.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: astronomy, coronal mass ejections, magnetism, solar flares, solar system, space, sun
Build a Solar Eclipse Viewer
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Build a Solar Eclipse Viewer

Students use everyday items to build a solar eclipse viewer. They use it to examine the sun's corona and storms from the sun, such as solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs).

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: heliosphere, solar eclipse, solar flares, sun, wildest weather
The Reason for the Seasons
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The Reason for the Seasons

Students use polystyrene foam balls and light bulbs to investigate the sun's intensity on the surface of the Earth.

  • Best for: Grades 2-5 (ages 7-11)
  • Concepts: axis, direct sunlight, indirect sunlight, seasons, sun, tilt, wildest weather
Seasons
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Seasons

Illustration. A season is a period of the year distinguished by special climate conditions.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: axis, earth, fall, seasons, space, spring, summer, sun, winter
Our Active Sun
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Our Active Sun

Students observe and plot sunspots, predict solar storms, and determine the rate of solar rotation.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: rotation, solar flares, solar storms, sun-earth relationship, sunspots, wildest weather