Figure 1: Students wearing solar beads on Sun-Earth Day.
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 discoveries and data from NASA missions exciting and engaging for all audiences. When the theme changes, it means something exciting is about to be revealed. Whether it is celestial, terrestrial or mission focused, we will highlight NASA scientists, their missions, and research. Annually we present at least one webcast that provides an inside/ outside look of the focused event through the expertise of our partner, NASA EDGE.
The current theme is "New Discoveries: One Mission at a Time". We will prepare you to explore the sun, the planets that orbit the sun and worlds beyond. This website will continue to be populated with the latest information about our upcoming programs, background resources, and sample activities. Be sure to join our social media network for the latest information and images.
The Sun-Earth Days team will continue to host coordinated education and public outreach events that highlight NASA research and discoveries. The team's strategy involves using celestial events, such as eclipses and transits, and NASA missions and discoveries to engage the public, museums, amateur astronomers and K-12 schools in science activities, demonstrations, and interactions with NASA scientists.
In partnership with NASA EDGE, the Sun-Earth Days team will produce video and webcast programming that will be shared with formal and informal education audiences worldwide. The award winning NASA EDGE team is known for their offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. Their guests include scientists, engineers, educators and students. 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, NASA missions, NASA EDGE, NASA Educator Resource Centers, professional societies, amateur astronomers 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 under a common theme.
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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!