"To The Max"

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Tuesday November 16, 1999 the third LIVE FROM THE SUN Program, "To The Max" was broadcast from 13:00-14:00 EST.

"To The Max" visits NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) and Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL) to update viewers on changes in solar behavior as Solar Maximum approaches. Students and teachers will find out how to "Follow the Sun" throughout the coming year via hands-on activities such as building horizon calendars and special "noon shadow" projects, and also via the Internet. A look back at the great Quebec Blackout of 1989 shows how increased solar activity can impact life on Earth. We ask NASA researchers whether we should expect to see auroras as far south as New Orleans as Solar Max peaks this year and next! We also "follow the Sun" around the Earth and see how the National Optical Astronomy Observatory's GONG network uses a world-wide network of computers to track ways in which the Sun rings like a bell, revealing amazing insights into the sub-surface activity that may ultimately trigger explosions on the Sun. And we preview the new solar spacecraft soon to launch, such as IMAGE, which will provide new understanding of our nearby star, the Sun, whose energy makes all life on Earth possible.

In conjunction with the broadcast, an extensive list of URL's have been compiled to further your Internet exploration.

During the program airing on November 16, 1999 from 13:00-14:00 Eastern and for one hour thereafter (i.e. from 13:00-15:00 Eastern), students had the opportunity to submit questions in real time to scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Solar Observatory at Kitt Peak, Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Lab and the Space Environment Center at Boulder, CO.

Visit the archives where you will find the questions and answers from this session of ON-AIR.

PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE is very grateful to the researchers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, and the National Solar Observatory at Kitt Peak, and other expert volunteers, for generously contributing their time and knowledge to support this unique service.