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NASA scientists will reveal new information and images about our sun and its influence on Earth and the solar system for Sun-Earth Day, recognised each year in conjunction with the spring equinox. The highlight of this year's celebration is a webcast for students and teachers around the world beginning at 1 p.m. EDT, Friday, March 20.
This year's theme, "Our Sun, Yours to Discover," celebrates the International Year of Astronomy and emphasises daytime astronomy. During the live, interactive event participants from around the world and NASA scientists will share new discoveries and visualisations about our sun. Participating students will have the opportunity to demonstrate personally designed sundials while others will be monitoring the sun and preparing their own space weather forecast.

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The nights grow warmer this month as the stars of spring finally wheel into view.  Along with the seasonal beauties like M35, M44, and the galaxy fields of Leo and Virgo, this month treats us to a spectacular view of Saturn and Venus.  And Comet Lulin is still bright enough to see in binoculars, while in a telescope it looks like a fuzzy "apple on a stick" as it swings past the sun and begins its journey into interstellar space.

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