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Program Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Background Info

For Further Exploration

Vocabulary

Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry

coronal mass ejection

Noun

huge burst of solar wind and other charged particles.

Earth

Noun

our planet, the third from the Sun. The Earth is the only place in the known universe that supports life.

Encyclopedic Entry: Earth

Global Positioning System (GPS)

Noun

system of satellites and receiving devices used to determine the location of something on Earth.

NASA

Noun

(acronym for National Aeronautics and Space Administration) U.S. agency responsible for space research and systems.

outer space

Noun

space beyond Earth's atmosphere.

power grid

Noun

network of cables or other devices through which electricity is delivered to consumers. Also called an electrical grid.

radio transmitter

Noun

device that sends out sound signals.

solar

Adjective

having to do with the sun.

Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

Noun

NASA mission designed to understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth.

solar flare

Noun

explosion in the sun's atmosphere, which releases a burst of energy and charged particles into the solar system.

solar wind

Noun

flow of charged particles, mainly protons and electrons, from the sun to the edge of the solar system.

space weather

Noun

changes in the environment outside the Earth's atmosphere, usually influenced by the sun.

technology

Noun

the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.

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Scott Macneil

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Makayla Trotter

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