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The Solar Crown

T his picture shows an impression of the Sun's outermost atmosphere, the corona. The corona is very hot, millions of degrees compared to thousands of degrees for the solar surface. But it is very tenuous and can only be seen when the Sun's bright disc is hidden, as during a solar eclipse. Note the streamers in the atmosphere, caused by gas flowing along magnetic field lines.

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Name: The Solar Crown

Category: Solar System

Medium: Photoshop

Date: 2001

Client: Cambridge University Press

Tags: Sun corona eclipse magnetic