SPACE WEATHER REPORTS ARE IN! Thank you to all teachers who have submitted their class's reports. The reports have been posted on the Student Reports web page and, to quote our students from St. Joseph School, they are "sunsational!" Reports will continue to be accepted through Wednesday, May 22.
X-FLARES: Sunspot AR1748 has released four X-flares since May 13 and unleashed an M3-class solar flare today. The explosion might have hurled a CME toward Earth.
FLARE AND SOLAR TORNADO: On May 3, sunspot group AR1739 erupted and produced an M5-class flare and a solar tornado. Interesting!
LAUNCH PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY: IRIS is scheduled for launch on Wednesday, June 26! Visit the IRIS mission website to see images of the Pegasus XL rocket that will carry IRIS into space. Or visit the News portion of the website to see the IRIS spacecraft arriving at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
POST-CHALLENGE SURVEY OPEN: Upon completing the challenge activity with your students, teachers and group leaders are asked to respond to the brief post-challenge teacher survey. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to provide a mailing address to receive a NASA Sun-Earth Day packet. Limit one packet per teacher/group leader. (You do not have to submit a space weather report to respond to the survey.)