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"Sun-Earth Days" Dawn April 27
"Sun-Earth Days" Dawn April 27
25 Apr 2001
(Source: NASA Headquarters)

Dolores Beasley
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-1753)

Bill Steigerwald
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
(Phone: 301/286-5017

RELEASE: 01-85

Just a week after Earth Day, space aficionados and science teachers and students will turn their sights from their own planet to their nearest star, as NASA sponsors the first-ever Sun-Earth Days.

April 27 and April 28, thousands of participants at science museums, schools and star parties in North America and Europe will talk with scientists, turn solar telescopes toward the Sun and explore the only star we can study up close.

Sun-Earth Days is a national celebration of the Sun, the space around the Earth, and how both affect life on our planet. Sun-Earth Days coincides with National Astronomy Day 2001 and with the fifth anniversaries of discoveries with the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory and Polar spacecraft.

The event is co-sponsored by NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum and The Astronomical League, the worldwide association of amateur astronomers that has been hosting "Astronomy Day" events each spring for the past 28 years.

Most NASA Centers and NASA Educator Resource Centers have planned an event for science teachers and students, or for the public, in conjunction with Sun-Earth Days. More than 4,500 science teachers have been invited to 35 education workshops related to the science of the Sun-Earth Connection.

From Barcelona to Boston, participants will have a solar blast sharing stories, images and activities demonstrating the central role the Sun plays in our lives.

The Discovery Science Channel, the new digital, science-only network from the Discovery Channel, will support Sun-Earth Days by airing two special documentaries, "Savage Sun" and "The Sun," which will air April 28.

The Stanford SOLAR Center, Stanford, CA, will host a national webcast with scientists, teachers and students, April 27. Students who have been conducting experiments and studying the Sun for the past months will share their results, ideas and questions with scientists during the two-hour program, available on the Web at:

http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/sso/events/stanford_solar/sunearthday1.html

Lockheed Martin's Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Palo Alto, CA, is sponsoring a "SolarWeek 2001" series of web activities targeted at young women and girls interested in science. Additional information is available on the Internet at:

http://www.lmsal.com/YPOP/solarweek/

To learn more about Sun-Earth Days events in your community, visit:

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/SECEF_SunEarthDay/index.html

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