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Sunspots Workshop

Name : Sunspots Workshop

Description :

This is a self-contained Keystage 4 and 5 workshop where students will investigate observed activity on the surface of the Sun. Students will gain an insight into the physical and magnetic structure of the Sun, and how this effects any solar activity. They will also work with sunspot data to determine whether any patterns exist within observations of solar activity, and whether future predictions on such activity can be made.

Age Range : 14 - 19 years

Workshop Time : 1 hour

Image of Sunspots


Before starting the workshop, you will first need to download an introductory presentation, which contains full instructions, and a number of data files:

Introductory Presentation : MS PowerPoint or PDF Format

Data Files :

The following ZIP file contains all of the data files you need:

Sunspot Data: ZIP File ZIP

However, if you are unable to download or unpack ZIP files on your system, you will need all of the following EXCEL files:

1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
2006 2007 2008 1900 to 2008