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Published in 2017
Find out more about how our sun's position in the sky changes due to Earth's rotation, revolution, and tilt. Learn from the experts -- Dr. Alex Young and Dr. Nicki Viall explain these connections so students understand patterns within the Earth-sun relationship.
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2014
Solar power is cheaper and more sustainable than our current coal-fueled power plants, so why haven't we made the switch? The real culprits here are the clouds, which make solar power difficult to control. Alexandros George Charalambides explains how solar towers and panels create electricity and...
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2013
You already know that a trip to the beach can give you a nasty sunburn, but the nitty gritty of sun safety is actually much more complex. Wrinkle-causing UVA rays and burn-inducing UVB's can pose a serious risk to your health (and good looks). So what can you do? Kevin P. Boyd makes the case to slap...
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Published in 2017
A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth once every year or two. What is an eclipse? Learn more about how solar eclipses happen, the four types of eclipses, and how to view the sun safely if you're within the path of totality.
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Published in 2015
Daylight saving time is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour during the spring and back again in the fall in order to take advantage of natural daylight. It has both benefits and negative consequences. This video helps you understand all of them.
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Published in 2018
What is a lunar eclipse? What is a solar eclipse? This short video explains the difference between these regularly occurring events that can be observed from Earth.
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Published in 2017
On Earth, a total solar eclipse means that for just a few minutes, the sky goes dark. But what does a total solar eclipse look like from space?
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NASA is the hub of all astronomy science knowledge. This is a visual collection of all their space research -- from the moon landings to the outer edges of the Kuiper Belt. This is the NASA Visualization Explorer -- the coolest way to get stories about NASA's exploration of the Earth, sun, moon,...
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Students examine and analyze lunar phase data by creating and analyzing graphs that plot th data for different weeks. This activity can be used to explore lunar phases, but will not enable students to understand the causes of the phases. Students will create graphs depicting how the percent of the...
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Students will recreate the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo cookies. Round cream cheese crackers can also be used if cookies are not an option. The students will accurately model the shape of the Moon's phases using Oreo cookies and place the phases in order.
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This lesson from the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy can be adapted for all grades levels K-12 and provides instructions for building a solar oven from a pizza box and other inexpensive materials. The oven will not generate enough heat to bake something, but it will become hot...
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Students gain a better perspective on the relationship between the size and distance of the Moon by creating a scale model. Students will predict and measure the size of the Moon relative to the Earth's diameter, and predict and measure the distance of the Moon relative to a scale model of the Earth...
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PDF sheets of moon phases.
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Our star, the Sun, is an ordinary star. It is not particularly special compared to other stars in the universe; however, it is crucially important to us. As the massive energy source at the center of our solar system, the Sun is responsible for Earth's climate, weather, and life. In this lesson,...
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Published in 2006
Our star, the Sun, is an ordinary star. It is not particularly special compared to other stars in the universe, however, it is crucially important to us. As the massive energy source at the center of our solar system, the Sun is responsible for Earth's climate, weather, and life. In this lesson,...
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Thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (with additional help from Google,) 2 million pairs of eclipse glasses were distributed free through public libraries in anticipation of this August’s solar eclipse.   More than 2,000 public libraries received a package of free glasses, plus an...
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Published in 2017
These pinhole projector eclipse postcards allow you to safely observe an eclipse, such as the North American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. The two sided postcard features a map of the contiguous US and what percentage of the eclipse different locations saw. The other side shows how to see...
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Sun-Earth Days is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year. Each year we wrap a fresh new thematic approach around Heliophysics science while highlighting scientists, their missions, and research. We provide resources, programs and events that make the latest...
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A spectroscope can break visible light into different colors, like a prism. Using this stensil and a CD or DVD, students can construct their own spectroscopes.
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Published in 2017
In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.
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