Individual Activities

Where to See an Aurora

By: Dr. Sten Odenwald (Astronomer)

Ms. Susan Higley (Cherry Hill Middle School)

Grades 6-9

This activity has students plot the location and boundaries of a typical auroral 'oval' in the Arctic region. They will see its geographic extent, and determine its relationship to familiar continents and countries. They will also see that it is centered on the North Magnetic Pole and not on the North Geographic Pole. This is a clue that Aurora are related to Earth's magnetic field.

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