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Passport to Knowledge: "Auroras - Living With a Star" (2003)
February 17, 2012

Target: Grades 6-8

Length: 60 minutes

Auroras - the Northern and Southern Lights - are still one of the most dramatic and mysterious natural phenomena. Their shapes and colors both frightened and inspired our ancestors. Now we know much about what causes them and recognize them as a sign of Earth's connection to our local star, the sun. Their shimmering colors reveal the otherwise invisible layers of the atmosphere: they demonstrate the importance of Earth's magnetosphere to life on our planet.


AURORAS - LIVING WITH A STAR is the first of two LIVE FROM specials from PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, public television's longest-running series of interactive learning adventures. Together with LIVE FROM THE AURORA, which debuted on March 18, 2003, they form the video component of an integrated multiple media package, which also includes a website http://passporttoknowledge.com/sun and hands-on activities and online opportunities.

The broadcasts connect core science concepts to exciting real-world research, using unique imagery from around our planet and up in orbit, as well as advanced computer graphics. Through the programs teachers can help students explore and explain electricity and magnetism, atoms and particles, optics and the electromagnetic spectrum, the structure and dynamics of Earth's atmosphere, and sunspots and solar cycles.


This program was first broadcast on NASA TV Education File Schedule February 11, 2003.

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