Despite its apparently steady glow, the Sun is a churning mass of superhot plasma that regularly produces powerful flares and storms that can knock out power and communication systems on Earth. This Lab explores what makes the Sun so volatile and gives you access to the same data, images, and tools that scientists use to predict solar storms.
Sun Video Quizzes
Discover what lies beneath the Sun’s surface. See how the Sun causes solar storms and what happens as they approach Earth. And find out how scientists learn about the Sun by using telescopes to read light.
Meet the Scientists
Find out how scientists studying the Sun started out; get a sense of what a typical day in their job looks like; and see what they recommend to those who want to follow in their footsteps.
Go to the library of all the NOVA Labs videos, including the Sun Lab videos: Anatomy of the Sun, Solar Wind and Storms, The Threat to Earth, The Electromagnetic Spectrum, and How Can I Study the Sun?
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