The Spectacular Sun

by Hunter Johnson

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The Sun's layers

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Core

The center of the Sun.
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Radiative Zone

The section of the solar interior between the inner core to the convective zone.
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Convective Zone

A zone from the core to the photosphere (200,000 km). The top of this zone can generate photons.
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Photosphere

The Sun's "surface".
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Chromosphere

Where the gasses are held, it is above the photosphere.
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Corona

An aura of plasma that extends for many miles into space. It can only be seen during a total solar eclipse.
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Sunspots

Sunspots are dots on the sun caused by a difference in temperature, it is usually colder than what is around it. It has an 11 year cycle.
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Solar Prominence

A large bright feature of the sun that extends outward.
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Solar Flare

A sudden release of energy by the sun.
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Aurora

Energy outbursts from the sun reach the Earth and create colorful and energetic lights, because of the Earth's atmosphere.
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