Week of March 6, 2011

Cool Spots
Back Issues
Visit the featured websites to find the answers.

How does the magnetosphere act?
As a cosmic generator
As a shield against meteors
As a heat source

What do the red dots stand for?

In 1855, who was the country's most famous racehorse?

Somewhere Out There

auroraThe Space Weather Center, www.spaceweathercenter.
, is a sweet spot to swing into. Here you can learn more about the sun, plasmas, auroras and storms in space. Did you know that plasma glows? You can also see plasma in action when you take a turn at magneto bowling. Try to stand strong against storms as you discover how bad weather in space can be beautiful to look at, but can threaten brave astronauts. Before you adventure on to a new site, click on Living with a Star and discover the complexities of the sun.

Nominate a cool website at:

Awesome Arab Adventures

musicianGet down to a different beat at ARTSEDGE The Arab World, http://artsedge.
, where musical styles and cultural understanding come together to broaden your horizons. Click on any map point to begin your historical explorations. The points on the map are color coded to inform you on beat, environment, music, voice and instrument. Next, drag a map point into a mixer channel to get an earful. Now try to mix your own soundscape and share your stylings. Culture has never sounded so good.

Time Crunch

wrist watchExplore the history of time in the U.S. at the National Museum of American History’s On Time, http://american
. Choose a section of the timeline to browse through important inventions and events that established the importance of time. For over 100 years, Americans were very aware of time but measured it in different ways. From 1880-1920, the clock began to help regulate lives. Once we could tell time accurately, we began to synchronize watches and clocks all over the world. Now we work on saving time and using it as efficiently as possible.

Speak Out

If you could play any musical instrument, which would you choose?

Speak Out Here!

Tracking the Journey

Spring is just around the corner, and I'm looking forward to watching my yard blossom into life. As the outdoors becomes green again, we'll start to see more and more creatures returning from their migration south. It's not just the geese, either. Did you know that monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico for the winter? A variety of other animals migrate too, such as certain species of frogs and the gray whale.

Want to track the signs of spring? Report your observations at www.learner.org/jnorth and find out how quickly spring is unfolding across North America. You'll find lots of information on which creatures are migrating through your area and a printable journal in which you can write your observations.

If you'd rather save some paper, try keeping a journal on your computer or writing in a blog to track the signs of spring. Of course, no nature journal would be complete without beautiful photos. For great tips on photographing nature, visit www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/PhotoZone/ Archives/2010/Nature-Wildlife-Photography-Tips-Center.aspx. Have fun!


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