Fun in the Sun:

Introduction to the Sun Activities


At an incomprehensible distance of 93 million miles away, the Sun manages the difficult task of being able to give a careless student a sunburn. How can it do this? How big is this thing?

The brief life story of the Sun we have written to accompany the Astronomy in Motion project answers these questions, but it does not allow an inquisitive student the joy of discovering and believing the answers on his/her own. The following activities attempt to provide the student and the educator with means by which to make personal observations and conclusions about the Sun. We include background information for the activities as well as suggested discussion questions.