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Unformatted text preview: A condensed, extremely large mass of hydrogen (90%) and helium (9.9%) Fusion of hydrogen into helium produces energy to drive sunlight-producing reactions ! Most of the radiation eventually emitted to space is visible light 7 Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) ! Wavelength 8 Ultraviolet Visible Infrared Short wavelength Long wavelength 9 Blackbody Radiation Emission Blackbody: an object that absorbs all wavelengths of EMR that fall on it ! Also emits radiation at all wavelengths ! Emission spectrum is temperature-dependent 10 Intensity ! max Wiens Law: the wavelength at which a blackbody emits the most radiation is inversely proportional to the blackbodys temperature max ( m) = 2897 T (K) 11 Solar/terrestrial Radiation 12 Sun and Earth are both near-blackbodies I Sunlight Terrestrial radiation Sun, 6000K: emits mostly visible light Earth, 255K: emits mostly infrared radiation...
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