The Sun and Us
Explore life with our Sun.
The relationship between the Sun and us ignites wonder—and moves science forward.
We have always observed the Sun.
For astronomers and eclipse watchers in general, a total solar eclipse provides an excellent opportunity to study the Sun in detail. As millions of people travel to witness total solar eclipses across the world, we are reminded that humans have always observed the Sun. Exploratorium astronomer and educator, Dr. Isabel Hawkins, takes us through a brief history of viewing the Sun - from ancient Chinese astronomers using jade disks to look at the Sun to the latest NASA satellite mission to study the Sun, the Parker Solar Probe.
Navajo Knowledge of the Cosmos
For generations, Navajo people have studied the sky and passed down their stories.
How does NASA study the Sun?
NASA has launched a literal flotilla of more than two dozen spacecraft to observe the Sun. Together they form the Heliophysics System Observatory,