The Sun

The Sun

More information is available from Bill Arnett's page on the sun. This is part of the Nine Planets site.

The Skylab photograph of the sun was taken from the page on the sun in Calvin Hamilton's Views of the Solar System . Here is the caption that goes with the photo.

This image was acquired from NASA's Skylab space station on December 19, 1973. It shows one of the most spectacular solar flares ever recorded, propelled by magnetic forces, lifting off from the Sun. It spans more than 588,000 km (365,000 miles) of the solar surface. In this photograph, the solar poles are distinguished by a relative absence of supergranulation network, and a much darker tone than the central portions of the disk.

Copyright © 1998 - 2010 by Arnold V. Lesikar,
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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