Sun-Earth Day 2013

Pam Casto is an Education Specialist who works in IV&V’s Educator Resource Center (ERC). 

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) created Sun-Earth Day in 2000 to present to people around the world background knowledge about the Sun, latest happenings on the Sun itself, and how the Sun interacts with life here on Earth. This year’s Sun-Earth Day will be observed on Friday, March 23, 2013.

According to the Sun-Earth Day website, “Sun-Earth Day is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox.” A different theme is chosen each year that highlights some aspect of what we are learning about Sun-Earth interactions. 

Latest SDO/AIA 193 A Image

This year’s theme is “Solar Max – Storm Warning.” Presentations throughout the year will explore the electromagnetic storms, flares, coronal mass ejections, and sunspot activities. Various NASA heliophysics missions such as the Solar Dynamic Observatory and the Van Allen Probes will share discoveries about our star and its influence on Earth.

Special events planned for Friday include a live webinar streamed from Wallops Flight Facility by NASA Edge.

Date: March 22, 2013
Time:1:00 – 2:30 PM EST
Location:Wallops Flight Facility

NASA EDGE: Sun Earth Day 2013





Live up date from the Moon


Alex Young, NASA GSFC

All things Sun: Solar Max and SDO footage


Dan Smith, JHU/APL

Auroras: Van Allen Probes (RBSP) mission update


Lou Mayo and Kelly Fast, NASA GSFC

Planetary effects from the Sun: MAVEN, Venus, Sounding Rockets Mission


Doug Rowland, NASA GSFC

VISIONS: sounding rocket/aurora


Dan Smith , JHU/APL and Joe Burt, NASA/GSFC

How do scientists and engineers work together to complete a mission?


Doug Voss, NASA Wallops

LADEE Mission and upcoming launch from Wallops


Sarah Daugherty, NASA Wallops

Flight Director at Wallops


Elaine Lewis and Troy Cline, NASA GSFC

Updates and announcements—MMS, Sun-Earth Day, Space Weather Action Center, Winner of Solar Max Anime Contest


Alex Young, Kelly Fast, Dan Smith and Doug Rowland

Q & A





Pam Casto
Education Specialist
NASA’s Independent Verification & Validation Program