Outreach Resources

Please find below a collection of resources for public engagement activities. It covers both materials related to the FLARECAST area of specialization – solar flare forecasting – and materials related to the wider field of solar research.

The materials have been chosen to support scientist – public interactions in informal learning situations. The children’s workshops at the end of this section have particularly been designed for the FLARECAST project, yet, can be used in other contexts, as well.

Anyone is welcome to use the resources in ways that fit their particular outreach situations.

Project partners are kindly asked to send any education and outreach materials you wish to share to Hanna so I can publish them here.


 

USEFUL MATERIALS TO HAVE AT HAND AT PUBLIC EVENTS

– a Sunspotter Solar Telescope
– all kinds of scale models
– Sun-Earth-Moon model with lamp
– basic informations such as size and temperature of the Sun on tablet
– short videos on solar storms, magnetic reconnection etc. on tablet
– near real-time solar data such as from SolarMonitor or Helioviewer


 

MOVIES EXPLAINING BASIC CONCEPTS

SOLAR FLARES

Powerful X-class flares create radiation storms that produce auroras and can give airline passengers flying over the poles small radiation doses.

Information and more visual materials: NASA Science Visualization Studio


THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CMES AND SOLAR FLARES

Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and flares are both solar events, but they are not the same. This video shows the differences between the two by highlighting specific features of each.

Information and more visual materials: NASA Science Visualization Studio


CORONAL MASS EJECTION VISUALIZATION

A coronal mass ejection erupts from the Sun and propagates out through the Solar System.
Credits: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

Information and more visual materials: NASA Science Visualization Studio


SPACE WEATHER ANIMATION

This movie takes us on a space weather journey from the center of the sun to solar eruptions in the sun’s atmosphere all the way to the effects of that activity near Earth.
Credits: Conceptual Image Lab, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Information and more visual materials: NASA Science Visualization Studio


CORONAL MASS EJECTION STRIKES EARTH

Energetic events on the Sun have impacts throughout the Solar System.
Credits: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Information and more visual materials: NASA Science Visualization Studio


SPACE WEATHER PUBLIC DIALOGUE FILM

An animated introduction to Space Weather for the Space Weather Public Dialogue project.


 

ACTIVITIES RELATED TO SOLAR MAGNETIC FIELDS AND SOLAR FLARES

 

FEEL THE INVISIBLE FORCE OF MAGNETIC FIELDS

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Glue a strong neodymium magnet to each side of two wooden blocks that can easily be held by children’s hands for feeling attracting and rejecting magnetic forces. We use several pairs of these.


 

MAKE MAGNETIC FIELDS VISIBLE

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Make a magnets-iron filings frame. The iron filings look like the magnetic fields around the sunspots.
Kids enjoy playing with them.

Instructions magnetic fields experiment


 

MATCH MAGNETOGRAMS AND UV-IMAGES (AIA 171)

Print images, spread them out on a table, have participants match each an uv-image to a magnetogram. Images:SDO


 

MAGNETOGRAMS: EXPLOSIVE OR NOT?

Print images, pile them, put one at a time on the table, have participants judge if the magnetic configuration is explosive or not. Images: SDO/SOHO


 

MAKE A MAGNETIC SUN

ADD-ONS FOR THE MAGNETIC SUN

THE VERY ACTIVE MAGNETIC SUN!

Magnetic Sun to take home

 


MORE ACTIVITIES THAT WORK AT PUBLIC EVENTS

Visitors, in particular families, enjoy making something together.
The activities suggested below have all been tested.
The preparatory effort varies with the flipbooks requiring the least.

 

MAKE A FLIPBOOK FROM SOLAR DATA

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Works even at larger events.
Make sure to bring enough prints and scissors.

> Instructions flipbooks

Print flipbooks
> Sunspots
> Solar eruption
> Solar storm


 

CREATE A SUN-EARTH MODEL

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For smaller events.
If you want to do the luxury version, make models with magnetic Sunspots.

> Instructions Sun-Earth model


 

DO YOUR GLASSES PROTECT YOU FROM UV-LIGHT?

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Have visitors test their sunglasses (and other materials) using UV-beads.

> Instructions UV-experiment

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