Solar Week: Home

Classroom and after-school activities about the Sun-Earth connection: Oct 21-25, 2019
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Monday - The Sun As a Star
Tuesday - Solar Close-Ups
Wednesday- The Active Sun
Thursday - The Sky Above: Earth's Upper Atmosphere
Friday - Solar Careers, Internships and Opportunities

Registration buttonSolar Week, a week of online lessons, games and hands-on activities about the Sun for grades 5-9 or ages 9-14, happens twice a year, approximately mid-to-late March and mid-to-late October. [Daily Facts, Games and Activities are available all year; "Ask a Question" has archived answers only -- until LIVE during Solar Week. Please post a question to our leading solar scientists during that week.] Fall 2019 Solar Week takes place October 21-25.

floating question marksDuring Solar Week, your group or class can post a question for our solar scientists to answer!

The way to post a question is to go to the MESSAGE BOARD and then click on the area in which you are interested, for example, "Facts About the Sun" or "Being or Becoming a Scientist" and then you will see a button that says "Write a New Post." You will be Anonymous unless you choose to give your name or affiliation.

You may want to Meet the Scientists who will be answering your questions.


Dr. Holly Gilbert of NASA in front of vacuum chamber for testing space-going instruments or equipment

Fall 2019: Solar Week will take place October 21-25th. During this time, you'll be able to ask scientists your questions about the Sun, solar events, solar energy, and NASA solar missions.

Great news@ -- Dr. Holly Gilbert of NASA is the solar scientist will be doing this Solar Week's LIVE (you can ask questions!) WEBINAR - her presentation will be "Touching the Sun—a new age for solar science" on Friday, October 25th at 12 noon ET (9 AM PT).

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Oct 25, 2019 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) – 12 noon Eastern time
Topic: Touching the Sun – a new age for solar science (30 minutes including live Q&A)
Please click the link below to join the webinar on October 25:

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +16699006833,,964427350#  or +16465588656,,964427350#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 558 8656  or 877 369 0926 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)

    Webinar ID: 964 427 350

    International numbers available:




The Spring 2019 Solar Week live webinar took place on March 21 with NASA's Dr. Liz MacDonald talking about Aurora Citizen Science and the Power of the Crowd. Watch it above or on YouTube -

What are the Northern Lights and how do you know when is the best time to see them? How can you (YES, you) make contributions to NASA science? You will be introduced to the beautiful basics of the physics that cause the aurora borealis, how you can participate, and how scientists are using both satellite data and information from the public to figure out where and when they are best seen. We’ll discuss new technology, as well as well as learn about the Sun, magnetic fields, and plasma glitter (!) by putting the Northern Lights in the spotlight. From this example, we can see how everyone can contribute, and how new discoveries can be made in that process.

Dr Liz MacDonald is a space physicist who works at NASA. Liz has been studying the glitter of the Northern Lights for 20+ years, and it never ceases to amaze her. In addition to doing citizen science and outreach, Liz does some amazing high-tech space physics. She has also led teams that build instruments to measure charged particles in the space environment for NASA and DOE satellite and rocket missions. She is the founder of the first citizen science project about the Northern Lights called Aurorasaurus. In 2018 her project published a landmark new study documenting the origin of a newly recognized type of aurora called STEVE. She will tell you this story too. Outside of work, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and poetry.

Oct. 25, 2018  Space weather scientist, Dr Yari Collado-Vega did a live youth-oriented webinar today and answered Solar Week questions! You can find the recording of the webinar here:

Oct. 2, 2018 - Educators, the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory is looking for some feedback to help us improve our NASA-funded educational programs, including Solar Week. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey: - Thank you, and we look forward to your responses!

Mar. 20, 2018 -The Project Scientist for Parker Solar Probes, Dr. Nicky Fox, visited Solar Week in a live webinar to talk about this mission to the Sun!

Webinar is now archived on our YouTube channel:

We have some brand new videos, featuring past and present Solar Week scientists and others who study the Sun!

Fill out our survey, we'd love your feedback on Solar Week! It really helps us to make improvements. Pick Teacher/Group Leader questionnaire  or Student/Participants questionnaire.

Are you an out-of-school-time group leader, teacher or home schooler? Find activities by science standards, age range, materials etc. at NASA Wavelength.

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