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View Resource Earth's Magnetic Personality: Magnetic Data in the Classroom

Earth's Magnetic Personality is the fourth and final teacher's guide in a sequence of four guides designed to understand magnetometer data and the THEMIS mission science while meeting the needs of high school teachers teaching astronomy, physics, and physical science. It was developed with the goal that students can work directly with the THEMIS magnetometer data. The guide covers vectors, the...

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 Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere

This Web site contains a collection of information about the magnetic space environment around Earth, developed by a retired space physicist. It includes a Spanish version (MIntro.html) and one in French (incomplete), glossary, timeline, Q&A, a teacher's introduction to the Earth's magnetosphere, teaching about magnetism with classroom demonstrations. and articles on Birth of a Radiation Belt and...

View Resource Magnetic Globe Lithograph

This activity demonstrates what a dipole magnetic field looks like in 3D. It was developed because the commonly used classroom demo (iron filings on a sheet of paper on top of a bar magnet) leads to student misconception that magnetic fields are two-dimensional. The reverse side of the litho features an artist-s conception of a gamma-ray image of a supernova.

View Resource Real-time Monitoring of the Earth's Magnetic Field

This site provides access to near real-time data on the Earth's magnetic field available at 14 United States Geological Survey (USGS) observatories across the world. The data includes fluxgate sensor measurements (H, D, Z, or intensity and declination) specifications and proton magnetometer data (F, or strength), and are available with a 12-24 minute delay. The data are 'preliminary' in nature,...

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