Mission Name:
Solar-B/Hinode Education and Public Outreach (E/PO)

Project Description:
Solar-B/Hinode E/PO: From 1999 through 2012, Chabot Space & Science Center ran the E/PO program for Solar-B/Hinode, under subcontract from Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab. The program consisted of a wide range of educational and public outreach events and activities. On the educational side, annual teacher professional development workshops (Touch the Sun, Ancient Eyes Looked to the Skies) were held for local teachers, training them on the classroom delivery of specially developed materials focused on solar astronomy, solar physics, and cultural solar observations and traditions. Annual summer camps for children were also conducted (Fun in the Sun), engaging kids in week-long day camp sessions with a Sun and Solar System theme. Three public exhibits were developed and deployed in Chabot’s exhibition spaces. Educational and promotional materials, including curriculum for the teacher workshops, posters, brochures, and a CDROM were also produced and distributed. Under this program, Chabot also conducted special public events including the annual Sun-Earth Day celebration and other special events surrounding solar eclipses, NASA remote live broadcasts, and others.

Space Weather/Touch the Sun exhibition: Chabot received a NASA EPOESS grant to develop and implement a permanent exhibition at Chabot based on NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory imagery. The exhibition opened in December 2012, and is planned to have a 3-5 year minimum presence. The exhibition is designed around a strongly hands-on theme, including manipulation of the main SDO animation and data layers, three additional digital solar features drawing activities, a 20-inch plasma globe, and a Ferrofluid magnetic exploration station.

Lead Institution:
Chabot Space & Science Center


  • Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory
  • University of California Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab
  • Stanford Solar Center at Stanford University