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Traditions of the Sun This site features slideshows, books, links, and information about the ancestral Native Americans in New Mexico and the ancient Maya in the Yucatan, and their understanding of the active sun, and its importance to them -- and, to us.
Our Very Own Star the Sun
(English, pdf)
(Online in English)
(Spanish, pdf)
(Online in Spanish)
This easy-to-read book is designed for students in grades K-4. Read about solar flares and sunspots and why scientists study the sun.
Powerpoint Presentations About the Sun and Space Weather
(For Elementary Students)
(For Middle School Students)
(For High School Students)
These are extremely large zipped files
Don't Miss the Transit of Venus in 2012: It's Your Last Chance Until 2117 In this issue of "The Universe in the Classroom," learn about the history of the Venus transit and how to participate this year.
IYA Discovery Guide: Our Sun Find out how to safely observe the sun and about the Earth's relationship to our closest star with the "Modeling the Earth and Sun" activity. See what NASA is learning about the sun.

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Sun-Earth Day Image Gallery Within this image gallery you will find spectacular images of eclipses from a variety of locations on Earth, as well as artificially created eclipses taken by satellites studying the sun!
Mr. Eclipse Photography This gallery focuses on solar and lunar eclipse images, although other astronomical photographs are also available.
Solar Dynamics Observatory Gallery This site features a variety of amazing images of the sun taken by SDO.
Best of SOHO Some of the best images and artwork produced over the years from the SOHO orbiting observatory.

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Sun-Earth Day Video Podcasts Each new episode includes video from NASA's space weather community and information about the featured mission and related educational resources.
The Sun Song A music video about the sun.
NASA eClips: Keeping Two Eyes on the Sun! Learn how NASA launched two satellites to collect data about the sun. Also learn about solar eruptions and how they affect Earth and astronauts in space.
Our World: The Sun, A Real Star Learn about the important relationship between the Earth and the sun. Find out about the layers of the sun and how Earth's magnetosphere acts like a giant handkerchief to protect us from all kinds of space weather.
NASA Connect: Exploring the Sun NASA Connect segment exploring the basic properties of the sun and its composition. The segment explains what sun spots are and how they effect the solar system.

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Sun-Earth Day Podcasts A variety of interviews and stories are available on this site, with many produced each year.
Celestial Alignment of 2012 "Celestial Alignment of 2012" is featured on the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast for December 5, 2009; by Chuck Bueter.
Transit of Venus In this episode of "365 Days of Astronomy," astronomer Jay Pasachoff reflects on past transits of Venus while anticipating the 2012 event and the science to be gleaned from it.

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SOHO Animations This site has a variety of animations about the sun's magnetic field, coronal mass ejections from the sun, sunspots and flares, and more!
Solar Dynamic Observatory Animations This site has some interesting animations showing the relationship between sunspots and the sun's magnetic field, among other things.

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Sun Watchers Through Time -- Interactive Timeline Take a solar walk through time with this Flash-based interactive timeline.
Sunspots This resource will allow you to explore the nature of sunspots and the fascinating history of our efforts to understand them. Included here are interviews with solar physicists and archeoastronomers, historic images, modern NASA images and movies, and a sunspot research activity.
Space Weather Media Viewer This Flash-based viewer allows you to view real-time NASA satellite images of the sun and the Earth.
Solar Dynamics Observatory Interactive This 3D interactive allows the viewer to move around the spacecraft and learn what each of the instruments will measure and how scientists will use the data.

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Solar Dynamics Observatory Ambassadors Teachers in the Baltimore-DC area can invite a SDO Ambassador to speak in their classroom.
Solar System Ambassadors The Solar System Ambassadors is a nation-wide network of volunteers who are trained to communicate the excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and recent discoveries to people in their local communities.
Museum Alliance The Museum Alliance is a network of museums, science centers, planetariums, observatories, parks, NASA visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, and aquariums that bring current NASA science and technology to their visitors through professional development of their staff and access to NASA staff, content and materials.
Night Sky Network This site can connect you to amateur astronomy clubs, events, a night sky planner, and more.

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