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The Eight Layers of the Sun

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The Sun is Hotter Than Hot!

The Sun's temperature varies over time and throughout these seven layers . . .

Core

The hottest part of the Sun is the core, at 28,080,000°F, on average.

Radiative Zone

The second layer becomes cooler and is where photon particles carry energy in all directions through a process called radiation.

Tachocline

A thin third layer, the tachocline acts as a border between two differently rotating zones.

Convective Zone

The fourth layer is a zone of boiling, bubbling plasma that transfers energy outward through a process called convection.

Photosphere

The fifth layer is the visible surface where sunspots appear.

Chromosphere

The sixth layer is where the temperature begins to rise again. A thin, reddish layer, the chromosphere is seen only during eclipses or with special solar-viewing equipment.

Transition Region

The layer between the hot corona and cooler chromosphere

Corona

The eighth and outer layer of the Sun gets extremely hot, measuring 1,800,000°F more. This layer extends far into space and is shaped by the Sun's magnetic field, is visible only during eclipses or with special equipment.

Now that's hot!

Layers of the Sun

 

 

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