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Sun/Earth Day Kit for 2007 - Living In The Atmosphere of the Sun
Kit Folder (PDF)

This year's folder features a view of the sun, the solar wind, satellites, and earth. Inside, it contains a description of Heliophysics, a fairly new area of research.

Kit ordering information can be found at...


Movie - Cosmic Collisions (Preview - MP4)

Narrated by Robert Redford, this planetarium show explores collisions, how they affect us , and reshape universe around us. Available as a DVD in the 2007 Sun Earth Kit . Order yours today at


Mercury Lithograph (PDF)

Mercury's elliptical orbit takes the small planet as close as 47 million kilometers (29 million miles) and as far as 70 million kilometers (43 million miles) from the Sun. If one could stand on the scorching surface of Mercury when it is at its closest point to the Sun, the Sun would appear almost three times as large as it does when viewed from Earth. Temperatures on Mercury's surface can reach 430 degrees Celsius (800 degrees Fahrenheit). Because the planet has no atmosphere to retain that heat, nighttime temperatures on the surface can drop to - 170 degrees Celsius ( - 280 degrees Fahrenheit).

Kit Bookmark - Space Weather - Living in the Atmosphere of the Sun (PDF)

Sun Earth Day-International - Heliophysical Year

Have you ever thought about the fact that we are... Living in the Atmosphere of the Sun?! Listen to podcasts about the history of solar science and current research. Do fun activities to learn about science and math. Follow Technologies Through Time. Become a Space Weather Reporter: access, analyze and record observatory and NASA satellite data. View panel discussions featuring scientists and educators.


Space Weather Poster (PDF)

This beautiful poster discusses the impact of space weather. Topics covered on the reverse of the poster are: Is There Really Weather in Space?; The Big Solar Storms; Making Electrical Connections; When Earth Gets Pounded; and Seeing the Invisible. Also included are many space weather related links.

The kit also includes the CD-ROM "Space Weather" - for Macintosh and Windows PCs.
Poster - The Sun Like It's Never Been Seen Before - In 3D (PDF)

This wonderful poster comes with a set of 3D glasses - so you can view the sun in 3D! The back of the poster has classroom activities for creating your own 3D images, mapping magnetic fields, etc. Also there's a list of related NASA online resources.

Poster - Ulysses (PDF)

Ulysses has returned a wealth of data to help us understand the global structure of our star, the Sun. Ulysses is a joint mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the European Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the mission for NASA. The poster's reverse side includes activities about the Maunder Mystery Story and the importance of sunspots. Also, there are brief bios about the people involved with the mission.

Poster - Voyager - The Insterstellar Mission (PDF)
What Causes Storms from the Sun? (PDF)

This brochure tells about CME's (Coronal Mass Ejections), what, how and when, with links to more.

What Causes the Northern Lights? (PDF)

The typical "northern lights," or aurora borealis, are caused by collisions between fast-moving electrons and the oxygen and nitrogen in Earth's upper atmosphere. The electrons - which come from the
magnetosphere, the region of space controlled by Earth's magnetic field - transfer energy to the oxygen and nitrogen gases, making them "excited." As they "calm down" and return to their normal state, they emit photons, small bursts of energy in the form of light.

The Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum (PDF)

This miniposter has a punch out picture of earth to scale with the sun. Place the two images 75 feet (23 meters) apart, and you have a good size-distance relationship teaching moment.

INSPIRE - Exploring Very Low Frequency Natural Radio (PDF)

Utah State University Links

Last modified 03 July 2007