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Morgan County School System
This podcast explains how scientists study the sun's activity by observing sunspots. The movement of sunspots across the sun's surface proves that our sun rotates on an axis. By observing sunspot minimums and maximums, scientists have discovered that sunspots occur in an 11 year cycle.
Content Areas: Science
Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:
[S1] (0) 10: Identify objects observed in the day sky with the unaided eye, including the sun, clouds, moon, and rainbows.
[S1] (6) 10: Describe components of the universe and their relationships to each other, including stars, planets and their moons, solar systems, and galaxies.
National Science Education Standards
Content Standard D
As a result of their activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of objects in the sky.
- The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.