Exploring the Solar System: Magnetic Fields

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The "Exploring the Solar System: Magnetic Fields" activity shows participants how scientists can use tools to study the invisible magnetic fields of Earth, the Sun, and other objects in the universe. Participants can see how the Sun's magnetic field extends far out into space and sends bursts of magnetic energy across the solar system, while Earth's strong magnetic field helps protect life on our planet from dangerous solar and cosmic radiation.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Simple magnetometer pencil tool
  • Earth model with magnetic core
  • Sun model with sunspots
  • Small steel pieces and container (paperclips)
  • Tray for Earth model
  • Tray for Sun model
  • Activity and facilitator


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
    • Earth Structure
    • Earth's History
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Planets
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Energy


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • National Informal STEM Education Network

Source Collection

  • NISE Network


Funding Source:

  • NASA, NNX16AC67A