Sun-Earth Days 2014

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight Center

Sun-Earth Days 2014

How to Get Involved

Below is a list of ideas to help you get involved and contribute to K-12 and public education. You can find more ideas for this event and for your future outreach activities by visiting

  1. Give a classroom or assembly presentation at a local school -- Use the "Making Sun-Earth Connections" CD-ROM as the basis for a presentation, and add in slides about your own research, laboratory/instrument, career, etc. Offer to assist or participate in a local museum event or an amateur astronomy meeting
  2. Set up a solar-observing telescope in a public venue (outside a mall, in a park, in a busy downtown shopping/tourist district), or allow a public/community group to have access to your telescopes/observatory
  3. Set up a poster display or video/computer kiosk at a library, museum, campus building, or school
  4. Give a public lecture or multimedia presentation
  5. Invite local teachers or students to your laboratory to learn more about your science and how they might get involved with it (or how they might use your data sets for classroom activities)
  6. Contact your local newspaper and write an article or editorial about Sun-Earth science...and why the public should continue to support it
  7. Host a science workshop for local teachers or gifted & talented students
  8. Participate in a web chat...or start one of your own
  9. Serve as a live or virtual (by email) mentor to students, teachers, young scientists
  10. Ask your local PBS or public access television station to air documentaries about solar-terrestrial science
  11. Offer yourself for an interview on local radio or television stations


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!