Earth Sci Astronomy Unit Pt 2

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Fusion

The creation of energy by joining the nuclei of two hydrogen atoms to form helium.

Luminosity

How bright a star will be in relation to the sun

Magnitude

Another word for brightness

Photosphere

The lowest layer of the Sun's atmosphere and the layer that gives off light

Chromosphere

A thin layer of the sun's atmosphere between the corona and the photosphere; too faint to see unless there is a total solar eclipse

Corona

The outer layer of the sun's atmosphere; looks like a crown around it during a solar eclipse

Sunspot

A dark area of gas on the sun that is cooler than surrounding gases

H-R Diagram

Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, a graph that shows the relationship between a star's surface temperature and absolute magnitude

Nebula

A large cloud of gas and dust in interstellar space; a region in space where stars are born

Black Hole

Remnant of a star that is so dense that nothing, not even light, can escape its gravity field.

Supernova

The brilliant explosion of a dying supergiant star

Neutron Star

The collapsed core of a supernova whose dense core has only neutrons

White Dwarf

The blue-white hot core of a star that is left behind after its outer layers have expanded and drifted out into space

Supergiant Star

The largest star yet has the shortest lifespan; about 1000 times the diameter of sun

Giant Star

A large star with great luminosity and a diameter 10 to 100 times greater than that of the sun

Constellation

A group of stars that form a pattern in the sky

Asterism

Small groups of stars that form a pattern within constellations

Circumpolar

A term describing a star that neither rises nor sets but appears to rotate around one of the celestial poles.

Core

The central region of a star, where nuclear fusion takes place

Solar Flares

Violent eruptions of particles and radiation from the surface of the Sun

Prominence

A loop of gas that protrudes from the sun's surface, linking parts of sunspot regions

Solar Wind

A stream of electrically charged particles that come from the sun's corona

Protostar

Early form of a star; This stage lies between the collapsing of dust and gas and the beginning of nuclear fusion

Main Sequence

A band of stars that includes most stars of average color, size, magnitude, and temperature

Convective Zone

The region of the sun's interior that is between the radiative zone and the photosphere and in which energy is carried upward by convection

Radiative Zone

The middle zone of the sun's interior where thermal energy moves outward from the core by radiation

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