Solar Physics: A Scientific Study of the Sun

Date(s) & Location(s):
June 11 - 16, 2023 in Durham, NC
Grades Eligible:
Rising  7th 8th 9th
Course Description:

From the internal structures of the Sun, its evolution from creation to death, and its impact on the solar system, specifically the Earth-Sun connection, this course will explore the Physics of our Sun. They will explore such topics as how the Sun shines by burning hydrogen, the radiative and the convection zone of the Sun, how the sun radiates in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, and how it is that sunspots form. Students will also learn how humans have harnessed and utilized the Sun’s energy by employing various experimental techniques. These include engineering a convection oven, analyzing solar data collected via observations through pin-hole cameras, first-hand contact with solar power-operated robots, spectroscopy, exploring UV detection, sundials, and radiometers, and using SOHO data to look at sunspots and track their path as they travel across the sun.


Students will complete hands-on projects to gain an understanding of the Sun’s properties and the use of solar technologies on Earth

Jacob Brown