Why Is the Sun's Corona So Hot?

The sun isn't just a ball of fire! An informative video lesson discusses the makeup of the sun and the variation of temperature. The episode of a larger solar system playlist focuses on the corona and theories as to why it has the most intense heat.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Begin with photos of the most recent solar eclipse to use as a lesson opener
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects an understanding of the anatomy of the sun
  • Consider monitoring the YouTube comments if making available for independent viewing
  • Highlights key scientific vocabulary throughout the lesson
  • Makes connections to many different scientific concepts
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