Learn how scientists predict the northern lights by looking at space weather!
When Are the Northern Lights Visible in Your Area - Activity PDF
Engage in a learning technique based on traditional ways of knowing and collect data to investigate a scientific question. Learn how Earth’s rotation, tilt, and orbit affect cause observable patterns and effect when the aurora is visible.
Be An Aurora Forecaster! - Activity PDF
Scientists predict when the northern lights are likely to occur by monitoring solar activity. They look at the strength, density, and speed of solar wind coming toward Earth and use the distance from Earth to the Sun to calculate when those particles will excite our atmosphere and cause an aurora display.
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