Star Power! Discovering the Power of Sunlight

NASA Discovery Program, Carnegie Institution of Washington and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

In this extensive activity students estimate the energy output of the Sun by doing a simple experiment and discover how much energy sunlight provides to Earth and the role of the Sun in the Earth System. Students also evaluate the power of sunlight closer to the Sun, at the distance of Mercury, since the activity was developed in support of the NASA Mercury Messenger program.

Subject: Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology , Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Solar radiation, Global energy balance
Resource Type: Activities
Grade Level: High School (9-12)