NASA's Sun-Earth Days program wants to see your best Anime artwork! Tag your artwork with #SolarMaxAnime to enter the Sun-Earth Days 'SolarMAX ANIME' Contest, and you could be featured on the NASA Sun-Earth Day website and upcoming webcast on March 22, 2013!
"Hi! I'm SolarMAX, the official mascot for SUN-EARTH DAYS! Born on the Sun, I have the ability to control magnetic fields and provide additional light when flying through the darkness of space. My main job is to keep a close eye on space weather! Did you know that abrupt changes on the Sun can create flares and coronal mass ejections that blast brief but powerful 'solar storms' into space. These storms can cause surges and errors in power lines and electrical transformers, burning up power systems and causing blackouts. They can also create disturbances that cause distorted radio and satellite signals. This can create navigational problems for planes, and ships!"
"I'm searching for other superheros who are willing to join forces with me in a quest to protect mankind from the powerful effects of space weather! "
SolarMAX is the official superhero mascot for Sun-Earth Days! Keeping an eye on space weather is quite a large job for one super hero so he needs your help. Your job is to create and submit a new and original anime style character with a visible space weather related super power. Our job is to help SolarMAX by selecting the top 5 submissions to be added to the Sun-Earth Days Superhero team!
Date: March 22, 2013
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST
Location: Wallops Flight Facility
The first winning selections will appear on the LIVE Sun-Earth Days webcast on March 22, 2013. Your character will also appear as part of a new Sun-Earth Days desktop wallpaper! See the contest directions below to get started! Good luck!
The submission period is from 2/18/13 - 3/20/13. Winning photos will be selected by a group of NASA scientists and outreach personnel.
A black and white version of SolarMax is also available that you can color and display on your wall!
The most powerful solar flare in the last 500 years occurred on September 2, 1859 and was sighted by two astronomers who happened to be looking at the sun at exactly the right time!