Individual Activities

Aurora Activity and Latitude

By: Dr. Sten Odenwald (Astronomer)

Ms. Susan Higley (Cherry Hill Middle School)

Grades 7-9

As the magnetic field becomes more disturbed, the Northern Lights will be visible the farther south from the Arctic region. By measuring these disturbances, we can predict what the latitude of the southern edge of the Northern Lights will be.

This activity lets students use a geographic plot of aurora location and activity, to create their own forecasting relationship for a selected longitude in North America.

This activity used a TI-83 Graphing Calculator.

 

 

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