THE SUN

Emily Player

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The sun's core

This is the hottest part of the sun, it's about 15 million degrees kelvin. This part of the sun also produces much of its energy. The core is also very dense in matter.
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Radiative Zone

Nuclear fusion from the core moves outward as electromagnetic radiation, so the energy is conveyed by photons.
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Convective Zone

Radiation slows way down in this zone, so energy needs to find a new way to get to the sun's surface. Now energy is transferred through convection.
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Photosphere

This is the visible part of the sun; it makes it bright.
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Chromosphere

This part of the sun can only be seen during a total solar eclipse.
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Corona

This is a layer of plasma that surrounds the sun.
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Sunspots

Sunspots are patches of that are darker than the sun because they are cooler.
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Prominence

A large arch extending away from the surface of the sun.
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Solar Flare

A rapid eruption of high energy radiation on the sun's surface.
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Aurora

Reddish or greenish light in the sky, normally near the north and south poles.

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