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an activity sheet for this section.
A - Research
- Research the Aurora Borealis. Find out when, where, and how
they occur. Draw a diagram showing the areas on Earth where they
occur most often.
- Research X-rays' use by doctors and hospitals.
- How are they used to help diagnose illness?
- How are X-rays created?
- What dangers are involved in using X-rays?
- What precautions are taken when using X-rays?
- What is a safe level of exposure to X-rays?
- What are sonograms and how are they different from X-rays?
- Research when the next solar eclipse will be. What locations
on Earth will see a total eclipse? a partial eclipse? (See the "Related
Web Sites" section below.)
- Research Earth's escape velocity. What is it and how is it different
from the Sun's escape velocity? Ideally, satellites would be launched
from the equator. What difference does it make where you launch
a satellite from?
B - Interviews
- Interview a meteorologist about what effects solar events have on
local weather. Ask about the effects on weather instruments.
- Call a local cable television or cellular phone company. Ask
them what problems they have when various solar events happen.
- Work in groups and list all the songs you can think of that mention