OBSERVING THE SUN TEACHING AND LEARNING RESOURCES – DE


TAD TELESCOPE DESCRIPTION


Subject(s):
  • Astronomy, Physics, Computing, Image processing
Resource Type:
  • User guide that explains what the TAD telescope is and how to go about booking it for your classroom or home use.
Weblink: Observing with the TAD manual.
Language(s):
  • English, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Russian
Grade Level(s):
  • Primary Education (10-12 years old), Secondary Education (12-15 years old), Secondary Education (15-18 years old).

Description:
The TAD (Telescopio Abierto Divulgación) is used for solar photosphere observations and is located in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. Every Internet user can gain access to the telescope by creating an account on the GLORIA project website. From there, the telescope can be booked in 15 minute blocks between 15.00 and 19.00 UT (GMT). Depending on your location, this may be suitable for hands-on use in-class.


MAKING A PINHOLE CAMERA


Subject(s):
  • Astronomy, Physics, Citizen Science
Resource Type:
  • Document describing a hands-on activity to make a simple, but effective, pinhole camera to make safe observations of the Sun.
Weblink: Reference document
Language(s):
  • English, Polish
Grade Level(s):
  • All

Description:
It is vitally important never to look at the sun with the naked eye. This resource shows you how to make a pinhole camera, using everyday household items, with which to safely observe the Sun.


SOLAR MATHS


Subject(s):
  • Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics, History
Resource Type:
  • NASA SpaceMath ‘Solar Math’ document develops the study of the Sun by exploring many aspects of the Sun’s behaviour (e.g. appearance in X-rays, solar activity cycle) using lots of practical mathematical exercises.
Weblink: Solar Math
Language(s):
  • English
Grade Level(s):
  • Secondary Education (12-15 years old), Secondary Education (15-18 years old).

Description:
This collection of activities is based on a series of space science problems related to the Sun intended for students looking for additional challenges in the mathematics and physical sciences curriculum in secondary school. They are also suitable for use in first year university Introductory Astronomy courses. The problems present aspects of modern science and engineering, often involving actual research data. The problems and solutions are presented in a popular compact form.