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The Sun is gold with a mottled, swirling surface. Glowing particles burst out from the edge on the lower right and most of the upper left against the black background of space.



Grade Levels

Informal Education


Planet Earth


Lesson Plans / Activities

The big idea of this demonstration is that the Sun and Earth have different magnetic properties. Sunspots are related to magnetism on the Sun. Earth has a strong simple magnetic field with two poles. The educator builds the magnetic fields using polystyrene spheres, strong magnets and staples. Then the participants make “field detectors” from simple objects to predict the locations of the fields.
Solar System Magnetism Activity  [870KB PDF file]