Individual Activities

Auroral Magnetism from the Ground.

By: Dr. Sten Odenwald (Astronomer)

Ms. Susan Higley (Cherry Hill Middle School)

Grades 7-9

Solar storms can buffet the magnetic field of the Earth with clouds of charged particles and magnetic fields. Not only do these interactions affect the large-scale properties of the geomagnetic field, but their effects can also be easily detected on the ground. During the last 100 years, many 'magnetic observatories' have been commissioned around the world to monitor Earth's surface field conditions. These have been, historically, important for navigation by ships at sea. The data from these observatories can also be used to examine what happens when solar storms arrive at Earth. By analyzing graphical data, students will become familiar with Earth's changing magnetic field through solar storm activity plots.




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