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Activity

The Reason for the Seasons

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

Article

equinox

An equinox is an event in which a planet’s subsolar point passes through its Equator. 


Article

Seasons

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


Historic Article

Most Widely Viewed Solar Eclipse

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


Photo

Ra

Illustration of ancient Egyptian sun god.

Video

Solar Power

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



Article

orbit

Encyclopedic entry. An orbit is a regular, repeating path that one object takes around another object or center of ...

Article

The Planets

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


Article

Solar Storms

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


Article

What are Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections?

Video. Astrophysicist explains the difference.


Article

Turn up the Volume

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

Article

sun

The sun is an ordinary star, one of about 100 billion in our galaxy, the Milky Way. This ordinary star makes possib...



Activity

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 an...

Article

Unlocking the Secrets of Space Weather

Video. What is space weather?


Article

solar energy

Solar energy is created by nuclear fusion that takes place in the sun. It is necessary for life on Earth, and can b...


Article

aurora

Encyclopedic entry. An aurora is a natural light display that shimmers in the sky. Auroras are only visible at nigh...


Page

Wildest Weather Education

Find educational materials about weather in space created by National Geographic to use in your classroom: activit...

Article

Space Weather and Solar Activity

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



Article

eclipse

Encyclopedic entry. Every now and then, a planet or moves into the shadow of another one. We call this an eclipse....

Article

Space Weather and Magnetism

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


Photo

SOHO

Illustration: SOHO space probe


Photo

Transit of ISS

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


Activity

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 fro...

Activity

Build a Magnetometer

Students construct a simple magnetometer in order to monitor and measure changes in Earth's magnetic field from ins...