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  1. Sunspots (University of California - SEGway)
      Provides a lesson to study sunspots. 3-01

  1. Sun (NASA)
      Provides a picture of the sun. 12-99

  2. Sun - A Printable Picture (
      Provides printable color picture of the Sun. Shows the structure of the sun. 1-05

  3. Sun - A Picture (
      Provides a dramatic picture of the sun, with considerable detail. 1-05

  4. The Sun - Dramatic Pictures (NASA)
      Provides pictures of sun using different methods of photography. 1-05

  1. Close-up Video of a Solar Eruption (CNN News)
      "NASA released stunning new images captured by their Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, a space telescope designed to study our sun." 04-10

  1. -Light Show Headed to Earth (
      "A gargantuan eruption of plasma on the surface of the sun has caused a celestial tsunami shower of ionized atoms to head straight for the Earth, which scientists expect to arrive at our planet Tuesday night."

      "Scientists also say there is nothing we can do and the coronal mass ejection will hit our world, illuminating the night sky before a final collision between us and the inevitable geomagnetic storm. 'It's the first major Earth-directed eruption in quite some time,' Leon Golub of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics told" 08-10

  2. A Second Sun Will Be Visible, Briefly, Someday (
      " 'When this fuel [on Betelgeuse] runs out the star will literally collapse in upon itself and it will do so very quickly,' " Brad Carter, a senior lecturer of physics at the University of Southern Queensland said. The subsequent explosion will appear tens of millions of times brighter than the sun, meaning 24-hours of light on Earth."

      "And while the celestial event could take place before the end of 2012, it may not occur for a million years." 01-11

  3. A Supersun Is Born in the Milky Way (
      "The most common stars in the Milky Way by far are runty M-dwarfs only half as big as the Sun but eight times as numerous. The galaxy does have a few massive stars floating around, but not many: only one in 10,000 stars measures up to the generation of giants that lived and died so long ago."

      "That being the case, a new paper under submission to the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics is especially intriguing: using the Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array telescope (ALMA), which was formally dedicated just four months ago, astronomers have caught one of these nearly extinct monsters in the act of formation, deep within a cloud of cold gas and dust floating some 11,000 light-years from Earth. 'Not only are these stars rare,' said co-author Gary Fuller, of the U.K.s University of Manchester, in a press statement, 'but their birth is extremely rapid and their childhood is short, so finding such a massive object so early in its evolution is a spectacular result.' " 07-13

  4. Giant Sun Spots Form (Christian Science Monitor)
      "A colossal sunspot on the surface of the sun is large enough to swallow six Earths whole, and could trigger solar flares this week, NASA scientists say." 02-13

  5. Observing the Sun and Solar Eclipses (Solar Center)
      Provides methods to safely "observe" the sun. Never look directly at the sun or view the sun through binoculars. Never look at the sun through a telescope without specially designed filters. Viewing the sun directly or through lenses can cause permanent damage to your eyes, even blindness. 3-02

  6. Questions About the Sun (ASK and Astronomer for Kids)
      Provides questions and answers for kids and adults. 01-06

  7. Scientists Hear the Sun Scream (MSNBC News)
      "Speedy solar storms carrying a billion tons of charged gas through space let out a thunderous scream before they unleash satellite-stopping radiation storms that slam into Earth's magnetic field." 05-07

  8. Solar Flare - Largest Recorded (CNN - Space)
      Describes the largest flare from the sun that has ever been recorded. 4-01

  9. Solar Flares Will Cause Disruptions (CNN News)
      "On Thursday, the sun unleashed a massive solar flare (see video of the flare and how its effects have been moving toward Earth). Solar flares can disrupt radio communications, including devices that use Global Positioning System technology, such as cell phones, airplanes and car navigation systems."

      "This is one of a series of recent bouts of severe space weather, as the solar cycle approaches solar maximum in 2013. Other major flares came in February and June, and more may follow. A good place to follow solar activity is" 08-11

  10. Solar Storm Hits Earth (USAToday)
      Describes the effects of a solar storm. 10-03

  11. Sun (Hamilton)
      Includes pictures, articles, and links.

  12. The Sun (
      Provides information and a picture of the sun. 11-00.


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