Tour Through the Solar System

Lesson 2: The Sun

Lesson 2, The Sun, introduces students to Earth's nearest star. This lesson uses six activities to instruct students how to safely observe, and identify, measure, and record features on the Sun. Knowledge gained from studying these features can be used to provide fundamental understanding of the Sun. For instance students will learn that the surface of the Sun is not pristine but has blemishes called sunspots. And that these sunspots yield information about the rotation rate of the Sun and whether the Sun is at or near solar maximum or minimum. Knowing where the Sun is in its 11-year solar cycle is important because solar activity affects climate and weather on Earth and elsewhere in the Solar System.

All files in this lesson are contained in a compressed file. Click or select "save link as" on the link below and a compressed file called will download to you computer. Your computer may uncompress the file automatically or it may require you to open it, which will serve to uncompress the file. When using WinZip be sure to select all files then select "extract" to uncompress the files. After the file is uncompressed you will have a directory called Lesson_02 and within that directory two subdirectories called teacher_files and student_files.

Lesson 2 files