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By John A. Eddy

"The highlights of the recent and interesting images of the solar as taken by means of Skylab astronauts are awarded. subject matters of dialogue and images contain: (1) the closest big name; (2) the mask of the sunlight; (3) the solar from house; (4) the sun telescope on Skylab; and (5) the sun effects from Skylab - the quiet sunlight and the lively Sun."

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They can be seen outside the eclipse with spectroscopes and other special instruments. The smallest prominences are about the size of Earth, and some have been seen that are as large as the Sun itself. Their temperatures, densities, and, therefore, their spectra are like that of the chromosphere, and we now consider prominences as cooler, denser chromospheric material that extends into the hotter, rarer, corona. Prominences appear in many forms. Some develop into explosive features that lift off the Sun as great eruptions into space.

The sunspots are usually irregular in shape, some large and some small, and they most often appear in groups, frequently with two principal spots per group. Penumbras are made up of filaments that stream outward from the central umbra in radial fashion. Individual sunspots persist from several days to as long as several months, generally increasing in size and complexity before finally fading away. Once the spots were shown to be a part of the Sun, scientists used them to demonstrate that the Sun rotated, by watching and measuring their apparent drift across the face of the Sun from day to day.

Fields of this strength and size are awesome sources of great energy. They completely dominate the distribution and motions of matter in their vicinity, and provide the forces that support prominences and explain flares. They also account for the lower temperatures of sunspots by inhibiting the normal flow of convective heat so that sunspots are cooler (and therefore darker) than the surrounding photosphere. The discovery of magnetic fields in sunspots suggested a search in other areas of the Sun.

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