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Sun-Earth Day 2009: Our Sun Yours to Discover.

Sun-Earth Day 2009: Our Sun Yours to Discover


Brought to you by the Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum

Sun-Earth Day Project Lead
Lou Mayo
Formal Education Coordinator
Elaine Lewis
Informal Education Coordinator
Carolyn Ng
Web Content Manager/Producer
Troy Cline
Web Site Design/Development
Website Maintenance
Bryan Stephenson
Senior Astronomer/Writer
Solar Week Manager
Co-directors of Sun Earth Connection
  • Dr. Bryan Mendez (U.C. Berkley)
  • Dr. Jim Thieman (Goddard Space Flight Center)
Project Partners
Special Thanks
  • Nathan James - SEC Education Resource Coordinator, SED registration
  • Lou Mayo - SED Amateur Astronomer Lead - Planetary Scientist / Writer
  • Karen Meyer - SECEF: Forum co-Manager, evaluation
  • Igor Ruderman - Programmer Analyst Solar Week, Media Viewer
  • Darlene Yan Outreach Coordinator
  • Dr. Greg Schultz - Education/Outreach Scientist and Teacher Educator
  • Ruth Paglierani - elementary education specialist


The most powerful solar flare in the last 500 years occurred on September 2, 1859 and was sighted by two astronomers who happened to be looking at the sun at exactly the right time!