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The NOVA Sun Lab

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Presented By NOVA Labs
Goal Help scientists predict solar storms.
Task Access data, images and tools to help predict solar storms.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Despite its apparently steady glow, the Sun is a churning mass of superhot plasma that regularly produces powerful flares and storms that can knock out power and communication systems here on Earth. In this lab, watch NOVA videos to explore what makes the Sun so volatile and get access to the same NASA data, images, and tools that scientists use to predict solar storms—so that you can predict them for yourself.

How to Join

Register for free and get started by watching the introductory videos.

Visit the PBS LearningMedia collection for educational resources like lesson plans and downloadable videos:

This project is part of the larger NOVA Labs platform:

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Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags lab, nova, nova labs, solar energy, solar flares, solar weather, sun
Project Updated 05/23/2018