Physical Science Lesson for Grades 5-12
Bob Coutts

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As a SOLAR ASTRONOMER, you will use Internet resources to acquire beautiful solar pictures obtain useful solar data  and work with professional astronomers from all over he world. Travel virtually in the world of magnetic storms, sun spots, flares, solar quakes, faculae , and  solar charged particles  and their effect on the earth's upper atmosphere . Find out how charged high energy particles from the sun can shut down Earth's satellites and the services they provide us, as well as the sun's effect on space weather. Be part of a national solar study program called  Live From The Sun , in which students from all over the world are learning how to study the SUN. Find out for yourself using daily pictures of the sun  from solar and earth orbiting satellites  , how long it takes for the sun to rotate on it's own axis. Use image processing to capture your own pictures of  live surface features  and use  pictures of these features to track their lives from birth to death. Using the activities in this unit, you will be able to track the life and death of your own individual sunspot! When you visit  all the SOLAR SITES on the Net today, you will have more information than most  professional solar astronomers had just a few years ago.  Welcome to the world of SOLAR ASTRONOMY!

Faculae Light colored zones on the surface of the sun surrounding sunspots, thought to be areas from which heat flows from the sun
Flares Large arcs of glowing solar material ejected from the surface of the sun
Corona The hot gaseous atmosphere of the sun 
Charged particles Atoms whose electrons have been ripped off by high energy solar processes 
Sun spots Small, cool, low temperature areas of the solar surface appearing as black spots 
Period of rotation The time it takes for the sun to spin once on its axis 

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