Meet the Sun

By Patrick Lowdermilk

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Sunspots

Sunspots are dark spots that appear on the surface of the sun. They are cooler than the surrounding areas.
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Prominence

Prominence is huge arches of glowing gas that extend outward form the sun
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Solar flare

Solar flares are explosions that occur on the Sun's surface. Solar flares often occur near sunspots
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Aurora Borealis

Auroras are caused by solar flares and coronal mass ejections. When the flares or mass ejections combine with the magnetic field over the Earth an aurora is formed