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.