Sun-Earth Day is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year culminating with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox. For Sun-Earth Day 2010, we will take a journey into the heart of the electromagnetic force and demonstrate how magnetism, an everyday force that makes motors work, sticks notes to our refrigerators, and keeps electricity flowing to our houses also plays a key role in understanding the sun and is responsible for the most violent explosions in the solar system - Magnetic Storms!
Over the past ten years, the Sun-Earth Day Team has coordinated education and public outreach events that highlight NASA Sun-Earth Connection research and discoveries. The team's strategy involves using celestial events, such as total solar eclipses and the Transit of Venus, as well as Sun-Earth Day during the March equinox, to engage K-12 schools and the public in space science activities, demonstrations, and interactions with space scientists.
On March 20, 2010, join us for a live Sun-Earth Day Webcast from the exhibit floor of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in Philadelphia, PA. For this webcast our team will combine forces with the award winning NASA EDGE team known for their offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. Our guests will include scientists, educators and students who will demonstrate the power of magnetism and why we care about magnetic storms! If you've ever wanted to learn about NASA but thought you needed to be a rocket scientist, wait no longer.
In collaboration with partners that include science centers and museums around the world, Sun-Earth Connection missions, NASA Edge, NSTA and others, we produce webcasts, other multi-media, and print resources for use by school and informal educators nation-wide and internationally. We provide training and professional development to K-12 educators, museum personnel, amateur astronomers, Girl Scout leaders, etc., so they can implement their own outreach programs taking advantage of our resources. A coordinated approach promotes multiple programs occurring each year under a common theme.
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A major solar 'superstorm' such as the one in 1859 could cost $30 billion a day to the US electrical power grid, and up to $70 billion to the satellite industry.