There Are Planet-Sized 'Tornadoes' on the Sun?!

Scientists use a telescope larger than Earth to study distant galaxies. Learn how they build and operate such a large telescope as well as some of the cool discoveries with a short video from the SciShow Space series. It also explains why what appear to be tornadoes on the sun actually aren't tornadoes at all—and how we know that.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the astronomical time scale and just how new something 10 years old actually is to give students a better appreciation of it
  • Add the term interferometry to science journals
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the sun, solar storms, black holes, and telescopes

  • Presenter enthusiasm helps maintain viewer attention
  • Includes closed captioning for the hearing impaired

  • None