The Sun and its Influence on Earth

The Sun
Credit: NASA
The Sun

The Sun is vital for life on Earth. The quest to understand the energy source of the Sun has been a long and fruitful one. Developments in Physics in the 20th Century allowed astronomers to finally unlock the secrets of processes deep within the Sun and other stars. Today the Sun is continuously monitored at a range of wavebands. Events on the Sun such as Coronal Mass Ejections have a direct impact on our atmosphere.

Syllabus Requirements

4. The Sun is a typical star, emitting electromagnetic radiation and particles that influence the Earth

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New material for this unit will be available soon. In the meantime you can view material on the Sun and its influence on Earth written for the first version of the new syllabus here.