May 24 2017
The Solar Cycle
Inquiry-based activity guide for secondary school teachers to help students investigate the solar cycle through real satellite images of the Sun.
After completing this activity, students will be able to:
- Explain why it’s useful to observe astronomical objects at multiple wavelengths, including those not visible to the eye.
- Distinguish between true and false colour images.
- Distinguish between pictures of the Sun taken in visible and ultraviolet light.
- Relate the seemingly chaotic behaviour on the Sun’s surface to the long-term pattern of solar activity.
- Use a web-based tool to access real astronomical observations.
- Correlate solar activity with terrestrial phenomena, such as auroras. (optional)