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View Resource Planet Size Comparison

This interactive feature lets students compare the sizes of the planets in our solar system. Users can select two solar system bodies (planets, Sun, Earth's moon) and view side-by-side images at the same scale, along with their diameters in kilometers or miles, and a ratio. Science NetLinks is part of MarcoPolo, a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and eight premier educational...

View Resource Astro Bulletins

These science bulletins from the American Museum of Natural History feature news on space science, astronomy, and astrophysics topics with in-depth feature stories about cutting-edge developments, weekly images from observatories around the world and in space, and and 'Astro Viz', a visualization of astronomical or astrophysical phenomena. Each story features a link to an educators' guide and...

View Resource A Photo Gallery of Meteorwrongs

This image gallery showcases more than 100 meteorwrongs (objects misidentified as meteorites). There are explanations of why the rocks probably are not meteorites and suggestions of what they most likely are and why. The site provides criteria for recognizing space objects and explains fusion crusts, regmaglypts, and other common features of meteorites.

View Resource Solar Magnetism

The Sun appears to shine at a constant rate. However, its magnetic field is actually constantly changing, and this affects energy output. These variations cause effects that extend throughout the solar system. This video segment, adapted from a NOVA television broadcast, introduces viewers to some of the effects of the sun's magnetic field, such as sunspots, auroras, and variations in the sunspot...

View Resource Solar Wind's Effect on Earth

The Sun produces 'solar wind', a continuous flow of charged particles that can affect us on Earth. It may also release huge storms of charged particles, called coronal mass ejections, that can disrupt communications, navigation systems, and satellites; and cause power outages, such as the extensive Canadian blackout in 1989. This video segment introduces viewers to coronal mass ejections, their...

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