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The Sun and the Solar Wind (title modified or enhanced by cataloger)
This document describes the nature and properties of the sun, its corona, and the solar wind. Students can read how the sun's energy comes from nuclear fusion and how its uneven rotation and churning of its upper layers produces sunspots. The sun's corona is described, and its anomalously high temperature when compared with deeper regions is pointed out. The site also describes how plasma from the corona flows away from the sun to form the solar wind and the interplanetary magnetic field. Links to historical timelines on solar research and to a glossary are included. A Spanish translation is available.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
May be used non-commercially as long as credit is given to the author.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-190
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • B - Physical science:
        • Conservation of energy and increase in disorder
        • Motions and forces
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Historical perspectives
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr David P. Stern
Goddard Space Flight Center