Never look through binoculars at the sun. Never look directly at the sun.

 The Sunspotter uses lenses and mirrors to show a projection of the sun’s image so you can safely look at the sun. It gives students the chance to gather data about the sun like scientists have throughout the centuries. Students can predict how the sun will look, observe how sunspots change over time, and draw their observations. Track sunspots as a class and learn how scientists who study the aurora use solar flares to predict the northern lights. The Sunspotter can be borrowed from the UA Museum of the North here and includes a booklet of activity ideas.

Or learn to build one yourself! Watch the video from the Geophysical Institute that goes with this diagram:

Image credit: Cultural Connections kit Middle School Guide

This project was funded under NASA cooperative agreement NNX16AL65A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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