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0 Replies and 202 Views Live webinar will take place on March 21: Aurora Citizen Science and the Power of the Crowd    202  0 Started by  Karin Hauck We're excited to announce that the spring 2019 Solar Week live webinar will take place on March 21 with Dr. Liz MacDonald of Auorasaurus talking about Aurora Citizen Science and the Power of the Crowd. 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...
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18 Mar 2019 08:44 AM
0 Replies and 396 Views Live youth-oriented webinar Thurs. Oct. 25th with Dr. Yari Collado-Vega    396  0 Started by  Karin Hauck Solar Week presents: Join us for a live youth-oriented webinar on Thurs. Oct. 25th at 3 pm EDT / 12 noon PDT! as we present space weather scientist Yari Collado-Vega. Tune in a few mins before (Zoom is a quick and easy download). Dr. Yari Collado-Vega: Space Weather, the Sun-Earth Connection
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23 Oct 2018 10:06 AM
0 Replies and 414 Views Help us improve our educational offerings    414  0 Started by  Karin Hauck Calling all educators, would you help us improve our educational offerings -- including Solar Week -- by answering our survey …
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12 Oct 2018 02:49 PM
0 Replies and 666 Views Help us with future Solar Weeks by filling out our survey    666  0 Started by  Karin Hauck Calling all educators & group leaders who have participated in Solar Week: Please help us plan for future Solar Weeks by filling out our survey: Time: less than 5 minutes Questions: or Thank you so much! Karin
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22 Mar 2018 12:50 PM
0 Replies and 1500 Views How to Post Your Question    1500  0 Started by  Karin Hauck Welcome to Solar Week! Please feel free to post a question here* to our leading solar scientists. Curiosity is good! We do recommend that you first read the FAQs at about what makes a good question and how to post it. Then come back here to the bulletin board Forums, and follow the below guidelines. 1. Pick a subject area ...
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06 Feb 2017 05:29 PM
0 Replies and 1141 Views Welcome to Solar Week, fall 2016!    1141  0 Started by  Karin Hauck Welcome, everyone! We're excited to bring Solar Week back after over a year of hiatus. Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 see us all looking eagerly forward to one of the biggest solar events of all, a total solar eclipse that will travel a path across the United States next August. What a great time to revisit all we know about the sun. Here your group can pose questions of leading solar scientists.
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16 Oct 2016 07:59 PM
0 Replies and 1044 Views New ionosphere section    1044  0 Started by  Karin Hauck The upper atmosphere of Earth affects, and is affected by, both the Sun from above and the Earth from below, especially in the ionosphere. We've added a new section to the bulletin board for questions about it.
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18 May 2015 11:35 AM
0 Replies and 874 Views Remembering Tony Iannone, solar educator    874  0 Started by  Karin Hauck Solar Week would like to acknowledge the sad passing of Tony Iannone earlier this year. Tony will be remembered for his love of science and solar astronomy, his wonderful attitude and interaction with the public-at-large--especially the Florida school kids who always had questions waiting for him! He will be missed, especially by Jim Stryder, one of his fellow volunteer Solar Week educators-on-the-ground.
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27 Oct 2014 10:42 AM
0 Replies and 970 Views Sunspotter: Citizen Science for Solar Physics    970  0 Started by  KD Leka Hi all; as you saw with the recent blog post, there's a new Zooniverse Citizen Science project called 'Sunspotter', where citizen scientists can help us classify sunspots in the hopes that we can learn something about those which produce solar eruptions and flares. See NOTE: this is a new project and, while officially 'launched', is experiencing growing pains, so please be patient / try again later if you experience problems. THANKS! --KD and the rest of the Sunspotter team.
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20 Mar 2014 07:37 AM
0 Replies and 1021 Views Active Sun & Flare!    1021  0 Started by  KD Leka Hi everyone; A couple of interesting sunspot groups are on the visible solar disk right now, and a medium-sized flare occurred yesterday (22 October 2013, 12:20 UT). The flare produced a big radio burst which is featured on today (23 October 2013)'s post on, and from that website you can hear an audio of the radio burst! As the post states, 'Amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft of New Mexico was listening at the time of the eruption. 'I kne...
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23 Oct 2013 08:34 AM
0 Replies and 929 Views Thank you to everyone who participated!    929  0 Started by  Karin Hauck Thanks to everyone who participated -- thanks to students who ask such interesting, thoughtful questions about our Sun and about the life and career of a solar scientist. Thanks to all the teachers -- and informal educators who do bring students to Solar Week and even demonstrate their solar telescopes and other methods of solar observing.Thanks especially to the scientists who volunteer their precious free time to thoughtfully answer these questions!Karin Hauck, Solar Week Manager
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19 Oct 2012 03:54 PM
0 Replies and 929 Views Sun Money Please see...    929  0 Started by  Jim Stryder I had some students ask me about this. I know that 'Sun' art appears on some U.S. Quarters! Check out others to see if you can find any currency, paper, or coin that displays our Sun! Fun exploration....
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24 Mar 2011 08:27 AM
1 Replies and 1570 Views Teachers - Please Read "Opportunities For All"  1570  1 Started by  Jim Stryder Hello teachers, scientists, in my more than 25 years of involvement in EPO/informal outreach in astronomy, space sciences, one of the toughest parts of this engagement has been how to approach, or work with I should say with those students who are less fortunate. Its a challenge that now can be successfully achieved to help students better understand the world on which we live, and the Universe around us. During this 25 years, I've probably worked with more than 100,000 students, the general ...
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08 Oct 2009 11:44 AM
0 Replies and 1128 Views FAQs    1128  0 Started by  Igor Ruderman FAQ’s How do I ask a good question Here are some ideas on asking a good question: · TEACHERS, we encourage you to help your students come up with a couple of GREAT class questions rather than a whole bunch of individual questions. Have a lively group discussion -- think of what you've learned from the daily lesson plans and activities. TAKE ONE OR TWO OF YOUR CLASS'S MOST INTERESTING QUESTIONS AND POST THOSE. · Try to make your question a little more interesting and a littl...
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12 Oct 2007 11:09 AM
0 Replies and 1460 Views Q & A Available All Week!    1460  0 Started by  Jim Stryder TEACHERS & STUDENTS - As a reminder the 'forums' for question/answers, are 'open' all week! Questions can be submitted at any time, they not need be submitted only on THURSDAY, as the weekly chart might suggest! Again, the 'Message Board' is OPEN any time to post your questions! Thank you. Jim Stryder
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07 Mar 2006 11:05 PM
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