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A coronagraph, which is a specialized astronomic instrument that allows scientists to block out the direct light from our Sun in order to study the Sun's coronaOur Sun constantly emits solar radiation, which causes space weather and space climate.  The effects of this can be as beautiful as aurora and as damaging as power outages.  Explore the resources below to learn more!

 

Animation: 2017 North American Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse was visible across the continugous United States, dubbed the "Great American Eclipse."  Learn how the High Altitude Observatory at NCAR has been studying eclipses and the Sun's corona since the coronagraph was invented in the 1930s.  A coronagraph, like the one pictured above which is on display at the NCAR Mesa Lab, is a type of attachment you can put on a telescope in order to block out the direct light from stars so that nearby objects can be seen.

 

NCAR Explorer Series Lectures

A color-enhanced close-up photo of our SunExplore the science of space weather and space climate, and the people studying them, with these science lectures and discussions:

 

MetEd Learning Modules

COMET MetEd logoMetEd is a free collection of hundreds of training resources on a variety of topics within the Earth system sciences offered through The COMET® Program. A free account is needed to access the modules, which are available in many languages.

 

UCAR Center for Science Education's Learning Zone

UCAR Center for Science Education Learning Zone logo over a close-up image of our SunFrom photos to puzzles to simulations, check out all the learning activities related to space weather and space climate from UCAR SciEd.