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The Scientific Importance of Studying Solar Flares

Artist's drawing of solar flares traveling away from the sun

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: 5-8
Year: 2002
Subjects: Space Science

This NASA video segment explains how the High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager, or HESSI, satellite studies and monitors solar flares. Astrophysicist Dr. Michelle Larson explains what solar flares are, why HESSI's instrumentation needs to detect X-rays and gamma rays, and how data retrieved by the satellite is analyzed. The video also discusses the sun's 11-year cycle.

The Scientific Importance of Studying Solar Flares
Duration: 4 minutes 51 seconds
> View QuickTime [16MB]

Other video learning clips in this series:
The Composition of the Sun
Understanding Sunspots and Solar Flares
Hands-on Solar Flare Activity

Page Last Updated: December 12th, 2014
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