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Our Sun is a nuclear reactor converting hydrogen to helium continuously. X-ray and telescopic images reveal the Sun's photosphere and chromosphere, sun spots, solar flares and winds, and prominences. Describes each and its impact on Earth. Covers some of the Sun's mysteries, and projects what will eventually happen to our closest star.
Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, has ice at its poles. It also has a tail like a comet due to its exposure to solar winds. Learn other facts about this planet from information gathered by the Messenger spacecraft.
Solar power is defined as the energy produced by converting sunlight into heat or electricity. It is one of the most abundant and affordable sources of energy available. However, it is difficult to harness (and even impractical) in some parts of the world, so it is important to explore the process of converting sunlight to power. Shows three primary ways to produce solar power on a large scale: solar power–generating plants, photovoltaic cells, and solar thermal heaters.
This animation explains what happens during a solar eclipse. It discusses the five phases of all eclipses and discusses the difference between the umbra and the penumbra.
Can people in remote rural areas who are far from electric generating plants get power for their lights and appliances? Solar cells make it possible. Mechanical and electrical engineers at the US Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories take viewers through the process of designing and installing solar cell panels in remote locations.
A total eclipse of the sun is the greatest spectacle in our solar system. Gives an in-depth explanation as time-lapse images capture the full impact of this event. Begins with a discussion of lunar eclipses before moving on to examine auroras. Explores the causes of auroras, and gives examples of two: the Aurora Borealis and the Aurora Australis.
Discover what happens at the outer edges of the solar system where solar wind interacts with interstellar space. The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) is a mission to study the boundary between the solar system and interstellar space. It collects data that shows the global structure and dynamic nature of the heliosphere.
The Solar Decathlon is an annual event where collegiate teams design, build, and operate solar-powered homes. In 2011, it was held on the Mall in Washington D.C. Twenty solar-powered homes were sprawled across the mall’s west end, transforming it from a park into something that resembled a quirky housing development.
Arizona gets plenty of sunlight, and researchers there are working hard to turn that energy into electricity. At Arizona State University, graduate student Brad Brennan makes and tests new materials that will allow industry to build smaller, cheaper, flexible photovoltaic solar cells that can go almost anywhere.
When the power mysteriously goes out at the new Radopolis skate park, the CyberSquad and Digit must find a way to turn it back on before a nighttime skateboarding extravaganza. Part of the "Cyberchase" series.
Find out how Albert Einstein used the totality phase of the 1919 solar eclipse to prove his theory of relativity, which predicts that large objects bend “space-time” towards themselves.
For millennia, hurricanes have threatened the Eastern United States, the Caribbean, and parts of Latin America. But changes to global climate have serious consequences for the future. For example, rising sea-levels mean that storm surge from hurricanes will impact ever further inland. In episode three, specialists discuss why they believe that hurricanes will become less frequent but increasingly powerful. Insight and interviews from leading experts such as Nobel Prize-winning climatologist, Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele, explore the preparations needed to withstand a super storm. Part of the "Hurricane, the Anatomy" series.
Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics and labels. Begins with a simple definition of the term and concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular video, students will focus on the solar eclipse. Part of the Science Video Vocab Series.
Focuses on comets, those mostly unpredictable, wandering objects in the solar system. Uses time-lapse images while explaining a comet's tail and the meteors, or "falling stars," associated with it. Mentions Halley's and Hale-Bopp comets and international efforts to see these bodies more closely. Contains actual pictures of comets photographed by space probes.
Part of the "Green Careers" series. Details the entire range of jobs needed to make solar power a reality from research and development, design and marketing, and financial analysis to construction and project management. Engineers, analysts, and managers share how they work in this emerging green industry and how they found the opportunity to be part of the clean energy solution. Jobs profiled include the following: research and development engineer, design engineer, marketing manager, financial analyst, construction manager, and project manager.
Solar panels are becoming a familiar site in communities across the United States, but what about solar fuels? A solar fuel is produced from sunlight through artificial photosynthesis, mimicking what Mother Nature has been doing for billions of years. Many chemists and chemical engineers are working to make solar fuels a viable option in the future. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Satellite footage, telescopic photos, and animation are used to teach students about the many aspects of the solar system. Viewers are introduced to ancient astronomers, telescopes, observatories, and space exploration. Students will discover facts about planets, orbits, gravity, revolution, and rotation. The program also features discussions of the sun, comets, asteroids, and meteors. Part of the Real World Science series.
Modern society is very much defined by its access to electricity. What if researchers could advance sustainable energy technologies to the point where everyone around the world had access to clean, cheap energy sources? Richard Smalley, 1996 Nobel Prize winning chemist, called it the greatest challenge facing the world in the 21st century and coined the phrase "terawatt challenge." Researchers at the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) Center are hoping to meet much of the terawatt challenge with solar technology alone by vastly improving the performance of photovoltaic cells. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics and labels. Begins with a simple definition of the term and concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular video, students will focus on the term solar system. Part of the Science Video Vocab Series.
Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics and labels. Begins with a simple definition of the term and concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular video, students will focus on the term solar energy. Part of the Science Video Vocab Series.
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