Astronomy Activities & Resources


  • Explore the Sun Cards [Reference]

    Explore the Sun Cards [Reference]

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    These 11 cards can be used at a solar telescope, for visitors waiting in line, or as a stand-alone station.


  • Make a Solar Storm:  Magnetic Connection Model [Activity]

    Make a Solar Storm: Magnetic Connection Model [Activity]

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Introduce the connection between the Sun's magnetic activity and Earth's magnetic field with this activity for small groups.


  • Our Magnetic Sun ToolKit [Manual]

    Our Magnetic Sun ToolKit [Manual]

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    This ToolKit provides activities and demonstrations that explore the Sun and its powerful magnetic fields, how these fields generate the features we observe, and how the Sun's magnetic activity affects our way of life and technologies here on Earth.


  • Protection from Ultraviolet [Activity]

    Protection from Ultraviolet [Activity]

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Try out this fun, easy, and very practical astronomy demo that can be done with just a couple of UV beads! Explore ultraviolet (UV) light and how it can be blocked by different materials in this open-ended activity, great for even the youngest visitors.


  • Space Weather: The Earth-Sun Connection [Presentation]

    Space Weather: The Earth-Sun Connection [Presentation]

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Use this presentation to show how space weather directly effects our way of life on Earth.


  • Sun in a Different Light [Activity and Banner]

    Sun in a Different Light [Activity and Banner]

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Use this banner with views of the Sun in different wavelengths to prepare visitors for observing the Sun. See how different wavelengths of light reveal a variety of features caused by the Sun's magnetic activity.


  • Where Does the Energy Come From? [Activity Cards]

    Where Does the Energy Come From? [Activity Cards]

    • Daytime Event
    • Inside Venue
    • Outside Venue
    • Target Audience
    • Child, Teen, Adult

    Discover that the Sun is the ultimate source of energy for almost everything that we do in our daily lives! Participants each use cards to build up an "energy chain" leading back to our Sun in a truly "hands-on" activity, perfect for almost any occasion.


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