Volume: 05, Issue: 11 04/11/2007 
Artist's conception of the dust and gas disk surrounding the star Beta Pictoris. A giant planet may have already formed and terrestrial planets may be forming. Image credit: NASA/FUSE/Lynette Cook.
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Cycle 23-24 Sunspot Number Prediction March 2006. Image credit: NASA/MSFC/Hathaway.
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The sun creates a "diamond ring" effect as it emerges after totality. Image credit: NASA TV.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Mystery Spiral Arms Explained
NASA Telescope Finds Planets Thrive Around Stellar Twins
Dawn Arrives in Florida
NASA Astronaut to Run Boston Marathon in Space

Student Opportunities

Check out these contests and other events to keep your students involved in science both inside and outside the classroom.

Space Explorers' Simulation Picture Contest
With every mission simulation there is the air of excitement, a flurry of activity, and team work present at each step of the mission script. Your mission is to capture your class or classes as they work their way through a Marslink®, Moonlink®, NEARlink®, or Mars Explorer simulation. For more information, please click here.

Astrophysics Science Division Student Opportunities
The Goddard Space Flight Center has many opportunities for students to work on short-term summer projects as well as longer projects. Please explore the links below to learn about Goddard and NASA-wide programs that enable students to work with the Astrophysics division at Goddard. If you are interested in the other science and engineering divisions at Goddard, please check the main Goddard education page .
Programs for high-school students
Programs for undergraduate students
Programs for graduate students

NASA Student Opportunities Podcast
The NASA Student Opportunities podcast features students who tell about their experiences with America's space agency. The podcast also informs high school and college students about current NASA internships, fellowships, contests and other student opportunities.
For more information, please visit the following website:

Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology
The Siemens Competition recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high-school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. Participating in this competition is a way for students to earn valuable college scholarships, and for every regional finalist project, his or her high school is awarded a $2,000 grant for its science and math program.
For more information, please visit the following website:

Earth Day Photo Contest for Middle School Students
During the week of Earth Day (April 22), students in grades 5-8 can be part of a national effort to capture our changing world. Anytime from April 22 through April 29, students can take a photograph of something that is changing in their local environment. It could be a change occurring in their backyard, outside their school, in a local park, or off in the distance toward the horizon. Then students will research and write a scientific explanation (400 words or less) that answers one of the question options.
For more information, visit the following website:

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