The Sun

Sarah Gallagher

The Sun

The Layers of The Sun

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What Are Sunspots?

Sunspots are dark spots that appear on the surface on the surface of the sun. They appear darker because they are cooler than the surround areas.

What Are Prominences?

Prominences are huge arches of glowing gas that extend outward from the sun’s surface. These prominences are caused by eruptions of gases on the Sun's surface.

What is a Flare?

A flare on the Sun is an explosion that occurs on the Sun's surface. Flares are caused by an explosion of magnetic energy in the Sun's atmosphere that gives off an extreme burst of brightness.

What is an Aurora?

An aurora is a natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of reddish or greenish light in the sky, usually near the northern or southern magnetic pole. Auroras are caused by Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections.