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NASA Invites Children and Families to Learn About the Sun and Space Weather
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This video highlights just some of the amazing events witnessed in SDO's second year as seen by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) and Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) instruments. Credit: NASA/SDO

GREENBELT, Md. -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Md. will host this month's Sunday Experiment on Sunday, May 20 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. It's a free afternoon for children of all ages and their families with a look at how NASA studies the sun and space weather with the SDO satellite.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Sunday Experiment on May 20 will focus on solar science and space weather. Participants will learn about solar storms and how they affect the Earth from an SDO scientist; they can also participate in hands-on activities that explore the magnetic fields of the sun, electromagnets, and ultraviolet light.

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This image taken by SDO's AIA instrument at 171 Angstrom shows the current conditions of the quiet corona and upper transition region of the Sun. Credit: NASA/SDO
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The Solar Dynamics Observatory takes a continuous close look at the sun, the source of all space weather. Space weather affects not only our lives here on Earth, but the Earth itself, and everything outside its atmosphere (astronauts and satellites out in space and even the other planets).

The sun, our closest star, is still a great mystery to scientists. SDO will help us understand where the sun's energy comes from, how the inside of the sun works, and how energy is stored and released in the sun's atmosphere... yes, the sun has an atmosphere! By better understanding the sun and how it works, we will be able to better predict the "weather out in space" providing earlier warnings to protect our astronauts and satellites in space.

As always, the Visitor Center’s Science on a Sphere theater will offer insight to Goddard’s cutting edge science and research.

The Sunday Experiment, held the third Sunday of each month, spotlights Goddard's world-renowned science and engineering research and technological developments. Families leave inspired by the activities, wowed by the scientists and engineers, and excited about Goddard's revolutionary research and technology. In addition to celebrating all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Sunday Experiment celebrates major science missions that are managed by NASA Goddard and set to launch in the near future.

For more information on the Sunday Experiment, visit Goddard's Visitor Center Web page:
For more information and directions to the NASA Goddard Visitor's Center, visit:
For NASA SDO satellite real-time images of the sun, visit:

Goddard Release No. 12-041

Catherine Kruchten
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.