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We on Earth live with a star that is our Sun. Students learn the relative sizes and distances of the Earth and Sun and how the radiation, light, and storms on the Sun affect the Earth, and its systems, environment, and life. The combined effects of the Sun’s energy output on Earth are known as Space Weather. Students learn how NASA uses ground based and space based instruments to observe the Sun, collect and analyze this data, and make predictions on its effects here on Earth by observing patterns that help NASA understand the causes and effects of solar activity. Students will learn to identify sunspots as potential sources of solar storms, the detection of different kinds of light that signal a solar storm has occurred, the effects these storms have on the Earth’s magnetic field, and how the interaction between the solar storm, Earth’s magnetic field and the atmosphere create aurora. Students will learn how to make their own Space Weather Action Center to collect space and ground based data to make their own space weather forecasts.

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experience: Live Science Demonstrations
grade: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
NGSS: Earth and Space Science, ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe, ESS2: Earth's Systems, ESS3: Earth and Human Activity, MS-ESS1-3, 5-ESS2-1, MS-ESS3-2