NASA's Research on the Sun
The sun surrounded by plasma

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: K-8
Year: 2005


A scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory describes instruments that study the sun. She then describes the sun in terms of size, brightness and composition. Viewers learn about the layers of plasma in the sun that create convection zones. The scientist also explains what sunspots are and how they become solar flares.

NASA's Research on the Sun
Duration: 3 minutes 42 seconds
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This video clip is part of the The Case of the Technical Knockout DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.

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