Activity 5 -
The Sun and Its Effects on
Use the resources listed below to help you complete this activity.
To learn more about this topic, visit the following
Structure of the Sun
Look Inside Our Nearest Star! Montana State University
Find out more about the interior structure of our nearest star.
This page features a brief introduction with links to separate
pages on different parts of the sun.
Radiation, National Snow and Ice Data Center
Read this primer on solar radiation and learn about the factors
that modify the role solar radiation plays in the Earth's energy
The Earth's Energy Budget
Energy Balance, EOS Terra Mission NASA
This article focuses on the overarching priorities of the Earth
Observing System. Please notice this is a pdf file.
Energy Budget, Oklahoma Climatological Survey
Follow along with a two page description of the balance between
the amount of energy absorbed into and released out of the Earth's
Harmful Solar Radiation
Radiation, NAS - NASA
Learn more about the health risks from ultraviolet radiation.
Ultraviolet Radiation, and the Skin, National Institutes of Health
A report from 1989 that addresses, among other issues, what are
the sources of ultraviolet radiation, and is the extent of human
exposure changing over time?
Navigate through a web site dedicated to the topic of ozone depletion.
In particular, check out the Ozone Science Fact Sheet to review
some basic facts.
Sunspots and Solar Flares
Flare Theory, Goddard Space Flight Center - NASA
The purpose of this page is to provide some general information
about solar flares, a "feel" for scientific research
into the energetic emissions from flares, and a glance into the
future of solar flare research.
To learn more about daily solar activity, visit the following web
Get the most recent information about solar flares, sunspots,
and coronal holes.
Terrestrial Activity Report
Check out the most recent sun spot data.
very latest SOHO images, The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory
See some of the most recent images of the sun.
To learn more about the auroras, visit the following
the Season for Auroras, NASA
Autumn is a good time to spot Northern Lights, and scientists
would like to know why.
- Paintings in the Sky, Exploratorium
This site will show you what auroras look like on Earth and from
space, explain how they are created, and show you where they can
be found. Teach yourself using the "Self-Guided Lesson"
To learn more about solar radiation and airplane
passengers, visit the following web sites:
Radiation Threat to be Assessed, BBC
Learn about a study to monitor the amount of radiation to which
airline passangers and crew are exposed in flight.
To learn more about the hole in the ozone layer,
visit the following web sites:
Science of Ozone Depletion, EPA
This page has links to articles that give overviews or broad information,
shorter pieces that focus on specific aspects of ozone depletion,
international organizations that issue regular updates, and images
and animations of ozone levels and ozone depletion.
To learn more about the life of British physicist
Edward Victor Appleton, visit the following web sites:
of Sir Edward Victor Appleton, Nobel e-Museum
Read a biography of the physicist Sir Edward Victor Appleton.
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