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Exploring the Solar System: Magnetic Fields

In this activity, learners use magnets and metal items to learn about magnetic fields of the Earth, the Sun, and other objects in the universe.

DESCRIPTION

The "Exploring the Solar System: Magnetic Fields" activity shows participants how scientists can use tools to study the invisible magnetic fields of Earth, the Sun, and other objects in the universe. Participants can see how the Sun's magnetic field extends far out into space and sends bursts of magnetic energy across the solar system, while Earth's strong magnetic field helps protect life on our planet from dangerous solar and cosmic radiation.

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DESCRIPTION

The "Exploring the Solar System: Magnetic Fields" activity shows participants how scientists can use tools to study the invisible magnetic fields of Earth, the Sun, and other objects in the universe. Participants can see how the Sun's magnetic field extends far out into space and sends bursts of magnetic energy across the solar system, while Earth's strong magnetic field helps protect life on our planet from dangerous solar and cosmic radiation.

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OBJECTIVES

LEARNING GOALS

  • • Scientists have observed active magnetic fields throughout the solar system.

    • Earth has a strong, protective magnetic field.

    • The Sun’s magnetic field extends out into space and sends powerful bursts of magnetic energy into the solar system.

Credits

YEAR CREATED
2018
OWNING INSTITUTION

The Science Museum of Minnesota

FUNDING

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

PERMISSIONS

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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