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Tracking Sunspots: Using Real Data from SOHO -- English
Topic: The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Sun
Mission: SOHO (Comets)

Short Description: Students observe sunspots and analyze their data to calculate the sun's rotation.


Tracking Sunspots: Using Real Data from SOHO -- Spanish (Siguiendo Manchas Solares: Utilizando datos reales del SOHO)
Topic: The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Sun
Mission: SOHO (Comets)

Short Description: Students observe sunspots and analyze their data to calculate the sun's rotation.


Transit Frequency
Topic: The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Sun, Venus
Mission: Heliophysics (Sun), Venus Express (Venus)

Short Description: This activity by Paper Plate Education models why Venus' transits come in pairs that are eight years apart, followed alternately by spans of 121.5 years and 105.5 years.


Transit Math
Topic: Discovering New Worlds, Space Math, The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Sun, Venus, Beyond Our Solar System
Mission: Akatsuki (Venus), Heliophysics (Sun), SOHO (Comets), Venus Express (Venus)

Short Description: This pdf document includes dozens of math problems and answers related to eclipses, transits and occultations, with an emphasis on transits of Venus through the centuries. The Table of Contents clearly separates middle school level problems from high school problems.


Transit Tracks
Topic: Discovering New Worlds
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Beyond Our Solar System
Mission: Astrophysics (Beyond Our Solar System)

Short Description: In this investigation, from the NASA Kepler mission Education and Public Outreach team, students describe a transit and the conditions when a transit may be seen; describe how a planet's size and distance from its star affects the behavior of transits; and interpret graphs of brightness versus time to deduce information about planet-star systems.


Using MY NASA DATA to Determine Volcanic Activity
Topic: Volcanism in the Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Earth
Mission: Earth Science (Earth)

Short Description: Students use NASA satellite data of optical depth as a tool to determine volcanic activity on Reunion Island during 2000-2001.


Virtual Venus
Topic: Our Evolving Understanding of Our Solar System
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Venus

Short Description: Students use the Slooh Online Observatory to investigate the phases of Venus, and explore how Galileo's observations of Venus helped to revolutionize our understanding of the solar system by demonstrating that Venus must orbit the sun rather than Earth. See how students can make the same set of enlightening observations.


Volcanos are a Blast: Working with Simple Equations
Topic: Space Math, Volcanism in the Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Earth, Earth's Moon
Mission: Cassini (Saturn), Earth Science (Earth), Lunar Recon Orbiter (Earth's Moon)

Short Description: Students examine the famous Krakatoa explosion, asteroid impacts on the moon and geysers on Enceladus (a moon of Saturn) using three equations that describe the height of the plume and initial velocity to answer questions about the speed of the debris and terminal height.


What Are We Made Of? The Sun, the Earth, and You
Topic: Formation of the Solar System
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Our Solar System, Sun
Mission: Genesis (Our Solar System)

Short Description: Students learn that elements are the basic building blocks of all things found on Earth and in space including water, the human body, the Earth, the Sun, and the planets. By counting elements extracted from a simulated sample, students explore how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundances of elements from the solar wind. This hands-on experience helps students discover that the elemental abundances from the Sun can be used as a baseline to compare with the diverse bodies of our solar system.


What is a Planet?
Topic: Investigating Our Planetary Family Tree, Our Evolving Understanding of Our Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Asteroids, Dwarf Planets, Comets, Kuiper Belt & Oort Cloud, Pluto
Mission: Dawn (Dwarf Planets), New Horizons (Dwarf Planets)

Short Description: Students learn about the characteristics of planets, comets, asteroids, and trans-Neptunian objects through a classification activity. Students can then apply what they have learned by participating in a formal debate about a solar system object discovered by the New Horizons spacecraft and by defining the term "planet."

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