Space Weather and YOU! Introduction 2

Magnetic cloud event

Space Weather

When was the last big solar event? Are these events regular and predictable, or random? This investigation provides an opportunity to see and use realtime data collected by scientists who are working on the cutting edge of space science. The investigation can be tied in with Earth Science content on the Sun and solar system structure, spacecraft and what they do, and integrates graphing and analyzing graphically-represented data.

This investigation can be adaptable to a variety of learners.

In this investigation the learner will explore the relationship between solar storms and solar cycles, like the sunspot cycle. The accompanying Educational Brief ACE Mission -- Space Weather provides an explanation of space weather and its effects. The learner will explore web sites related to space weather and its resources. The learner will also access plots of live data and recorded data, and be challenged to relate the two.
1. The learner will calculate averages for a given quantity in a given set of data, determine the best way to graphically represent the data, and graphically represent the data either by hand or with the assistance of a computer.

2. The learner will infer relationships between two data sets, and list those relationships.

3. The learner will establish a possible cause and effect relationship between sunspot cycles and solar weather events

Suggested Grade Level & Duration:
Grades 9-12 (appropriate as a math application of data representation); one fifty-minute period


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