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Astronomy Video "NOVA: Secrets of the Sun"

Astronomy Video "NOVA: Secrets of the Sun"
Astronomy Video "NOVA: Secrets of the Sun"
Astronomy Video "NOVA: Secrets of the Sun"
Astronomy Video "NOVA: Secrets of the Sun"
Astronomy Video "NOVA: Secrets of the Sun"
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Link to the video on Youtube (HD 1080p; 53 mins.) is included in the title if the DVD or video tape is not available. General questions that students can answer in order while watching the video - or as a research project online. Excellent video (2013) from the public television series NOVA. The video shows the latest research in solar physics in easy-to understand explanations from professional astronomers.
From the website description: "It contains 99.8 percent of all the matter in our solar system and sheds hot plasma at nearly a million miles an hour. The temperature at its core is a staggering 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. It convulses, it blazes, it sings. You know it as the sun. Scientists know it as one of the most amazing physics laboratories in the universe. Now, with the help of new spacecraft and Earth-based telescopes, scientists are seeing the sun as they never have before and even recreating what happens at its very center in labs here on Earth."

An short activity labeling the zones & features of the Sun is also included as well as an answer key. I use this video as a part of the review for the astronomy PowerPoint Unit VI lesson III "The Sun."

Terms and ideas in the video include:

radiation zone
convection zone
solar storms
solar wind
sunspot cycle
solar cycle
solar flares
Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s)
nuclear fusion
magnetic fields
Solar Dynamics Laboratory (SDO)


Astronomy Video "NOVA: Secrets of the Sun" by astronomydad is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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3 pages
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55 minutes
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