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Join in the Science Friday Science Club Fun and #ExplainTheSun!

Updated on May 20, 2015 - 11:16 AM CDT
Posted on May 20, 2015 - 11:14 AM CDT

Tags: SMD E/PO Community | Community Posts

Can you explain the Sun? What does the Sun DO?  Why is it important? These are the questions that the NPR show Science Friday would like you to answer about our star in the second month of their new Science Friday Science Club. The Club's purpose is to involve audiences for a month in engaging with a topic discussed on the show. Experts from both the arts and sciences are asked to contribute their perspectives on the theme, and audiences are given opportunities to share their explanations or designs. It is a community effort with fantastic results. Check it out here.

The NASA SMD Heliophysics Forum Team and Alex Young from Goddard Space Flight Center are working with the show's education coordinator, Ariel Zych, to provide support and resources for their audiences to help them to explain the Sun. Alex had a spot on the show May 15, 2015, talking about space weather, and this Thursday, May 21, 2015, Science Friday will be hosting a Twitter Q &A for Solar Week, featuring our own Solar Week scientist Claire Raftery and more. As the month unfolds, we will be contributing resources and connections for audiences to explore more!

This is a great opportunity to participate in yourself, AND share with your professional development audiences! They also encourage groups and classes to respond. Explanations can be images, audio, or video, or text. Use the hashtag #ExplainTheSun in your tweets or Facebook posts!

  • For more about how simple and fun it it is to participate, go here
  • To hear the launch of this month's theme on Science Friday's May 8 show, go here
  • To hear Alex Young's segment on the May 15 show, go here.
  • To read the explanations of other experts, read here.

Stay tuned for your chance to tweet some great solar questions to our Solar Week scientists on Thursday, May 21, 2015 soon! Looking forward to seeing all the responses from our NASA teams as they #ExplainTheSun!!