Exploring the Sun

Exploring the Sun

These activities, modified from activities created for LPI’s SkyTellers and Family Space Days programs, relate to the Sun’s characteristics.

Background information for program facilitators about the Sun

Overview of Activities

The Size of the Sun
Explore how the Earth compares to the size of the Sun.

Paper Plate Sun
Create a model of the sizes of our Earth and Sun and create artistic representations of the Sun’s features.

UV Thing
Find out what happens when UV-sensitive beads are exposed to different sources of energy: visible light from flashlight, heat from a hair dryer, ultraviolet light from a UV lamp, and sunlight.

Amazing Rays
Explore the Sun’s light as energy using photosensitive paper.

Counting Sunspots
Discover the pattern created when plotting the number of sunspots over a long period of time.