Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sun-Earth Days 2013: Solar Max -- Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System

Join NASA in celebrating Sun-Earth Days with a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year, culminating with a celebration on March 22, 2013. This year's theme, “Solar Max -- Storm Warning: Effects on the Solar System,” invites participants to explore the violent nature of our sun at the peak of solar activity and the discoveries coming from the heliophysics and planetary missions during this exciting period. During solar maximum, there are many sunspots, solar flares and coronal mass ejections, all of which can affect communications and technology on Earth.

Learn about solar maximum and how it, along with space weather in general, affects our daily lives. Find out why scientists and engineers find it important to track space weather, much like meteorologists track storms on Earth. And learn about NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore and its role in launching rockets to explore weather on Earth and in space.

On March 22, 2013, join the Sun-Earth Days team for a live Sun-Earth Days webcast. For this webcast, the team will combine forces with the award-winning NASA EDGE team known for their offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain.

For more information, educational resources and social media connections, visit the Sun-Earth Days website at http://sunearthday.nasa.gov.

Questions about Sun-Earth Days events should be emailed to sunearthday@gmail.com.