To support successful communication of heliophysics to non-specialists, the Outreach Team of the NASA PUNCH mission is developing a compendium of common misunderstandings and vocabulary that can introduce confusion about the science of the Sun and the space environment.
Eventually, the product we develop will include strategies for addressing these points of confusion in ways that can clarify understanding for non-specialists. Your responses to this survey will assist with validating the set of misunderstandings to be addressed.
The survey should take about 10 - 20 minutes and YOU MUST COMPLETE YOUR RESPONSES AT ONE SITTING. THERE IS NO OPTION TO SAVE and RETURN LATER.
We have divided misunderstandings into five themes, each with its own section. There are ~40 items total:
THEME 1: Physical Nature of the Sun (9 items)
THEME 2: Perceiving the Sun from Earth (4 items)
THEME 3: Sun & Earth Relationship (14 items)
THEME 4: Sun & Moon Relationship (6 items)
THEME 5: Sun, Health, & Safety (5 items)
There will be space at the end of THEME 5 for suggestions on any additional misunderstandings not represented in the ~40 items.
A sixth and final section of this survey explores vocabulary that can have a different meaning for non-specialists and thus introduce confusion if not explained carefully.
We have drawn from multiple sources to compile the items included in this survey. We are wide open to learn of new resources we may have overlooked. Please contact us with suggestions (see contact info at survey's end).
For more information about the PUNCH mission: https://punch.space.swri.edu