SEA4Task2 - The Sun is comprised of six layers. Starting...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
The Sun is comprised of six layers. Starting with the interior and progressing to the exterior, you will find the core, the radiation layer, the convection layer, the photosphere, the chromosphere, and the corona. All of the energy for the sun is created within the core. Through the sheer force of immense gravity, two hydrogen atoms are forced together in a nuclear fusion reaction. This reaction is the sole source of the Sun’s power. Through a series of steps, the two hydrogen atoms are fused into a helium-4 atom. Since the helium-4 atom is less massive than the two hydrogen atoms, the resulting difference in mass is converted into energy (Freudenrich,
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Larsen 2 n.d.). The core extends from the center of the Sun to approximately .25 solar radii (Freudenrich, n.d.). One solar radius is equivalent to roughly 696,000 kilometers; the core extends out from the center to almost 174,000 kilometers. As previously stated, the Sun’s energy process takes place within the core in the form of nuclear fusion reactions. The core of the sun reaches temperatures close to 14,000,000 Kelvin (K) (“Sun”, 2008). Composed entirely of hydrogen and helium, the core is the only place within the Sun that reaches such high
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 4

SEA4Task2 - The Sun is comprised of six layers. Starting...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online