Length: 56 minutes 46 seconds
"From the Sun to the Stars - The New Science of Heliophysics" offers a magazine-style overview of the science and educational outreach of the International Heliophysical Year (2007-2009). The program presents dynamic location sequences recorded in Barrow, Alaska; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Antarctica; Greenland; and across the United States. Participants include researchers active in the International Geophysical Year of 1957 and those planning future space missions. A major theme is "space weather" - how explosive events on the sun, spreading out past Earth, may impact satellites and disrupt modern global civilization. Sun to Stars explains why the ionosphere over the African continent is less well understood than anywhere else on Earth. The program also shows a special NASA/National Science Foundation/United Nations workshop introducing space weather to Ethiopian science teachers.