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S'mores in Celebration of Our Sun

Date: 10/16/2014
Category: Programming Ideas and Tips
By: Keliann LaConte


Celebrate our connection to the Sun during fall Solar Week, Oct. 27-31, 2014. Build a Solar Pizza Box Cooker by adding a translucent plastic cover, as well as reflective aluminum foil and a heat-absorbing black paper liner, to a clean pizza box. Just as a car parked in the Sun stays warm inside, even on cool days, this solar-powered oven uses clear materials to allow sunlight in -- and keeps heat trapped inside!  Try heating s'mores with this oven on a sunny day.


Solar Week happens twice a year -- join the celebration again in mid-to-late March, 2015!  


Photo caption:  NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this "jack-o'-lantern" colorized image of the Sun on October 8, 2014.  The active regions of the jack-o'-lantern's "face" are emitting more light and energy than the surrounding areas, making them appear brighter. Credit: NASA/GSFC/SDO

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