Ask A Solar Scientist a Question

floating question marksDuring Solar Week, which happens twice a year, your group or class can post a question for our solar scientists to answer!

The way to post a question is to go to the MESSAGE BOARD and then click on the area in which you are interested, for example, "Facts About the Sun" or "Being or Becoming a Scientist" and then you will see a button that says "Write a New Post." You will be Anonymous unless you choose to give your name or affiliation.

You may want to Meet the Scientists who will be answering your questions.

How to Ask a Good Question

Here are some ideas on asking a good question:

  • GROUP LEADERS/TEACHERS, we encourage you to help your students come up with a couple of GREAT group questions rather than a whole bunch of individual questions. Have a lively group discussion -- think of what you've learned from the daily facts and activities. TAKE ONE OR TWO OF YOUR group's MOST INTERESTING QUESTIONS AND POST THOSE.
  • Challenge yourself to make your question a little more interesting and a little bit different from others (look over the bulletin board and see what's been already asked). . Try to think up something that has not been answered before – OR ask something different on a topic that HAS been answered. For instance, don’t just ask  “How hot is the Sun? Instead, ask “Are all parts of the Sun the same temperature?”
  • Ask questions with “WHO, WHAT,WHEN, WHERE, HOW?”
  • Look over the message board and ASK FOR FURTHER EXPLANATION about explanations you didn’t totally understand, for example, “Ms. Scientist, you said an eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun, but how does the small Moon cover the big Sun?”
  • Make sure to use a descriptive SUBJECT LINE. For example if you are posting  a question about the color of sunspots in the Sunspots forum a subject line of just "Sunspots" is not going to be descriptive enough, instead you might want to put down something like "Color of Sunspots."
  • If you know how to use TAGS, please use them, it will help others.

For the answer to other questions, such as "Why Didn't My Question Get Answered?" please see the FAQs on the message board below.

You can find our message board HERE.

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