Layers of the Sun Corona - Outermost part of the sun’s atmosphere. Visible only during a solar eclipse Chromosphere - section of the sun’s atmosphere below the corona. Photosphere - the visible part of the sun’s atmosphere. The “surface” we see. Convective Zone- Section where convection currents carry energy to the outer atmosphere of the sun
Layers of the Sun Continued... Radiative Zone- Very dense section of the sun where energy is trapped. Core - inner part of the sun where the sun’s energy is produced by nuclear fusion. What Layer is shown here? Hint: Solar Eclipse
Solar Activity The circulation of energy causes gas in the photosphere to churn, causing magnetic fields that reach into space. –Sunspots - when the activity slows down in one spot, and the photosphere becomes cooler than other areas. Sunspots are cooler, dark spots on the sun. Sunspots change in a regular pattern. About every 11 years there is a peak in sunspots. They might affect our climate and cause lower temperatures on earth.
Solar Activity continued... Solar Flares- regions of extremely high temperatures and brightness that develop on the sun’s surface. When they erupt, they send streams of electrically charged particles into the solar system. –They can extend several thousand miles into space within minutes. –Particles from solar flares reach earth and interrupt radio and cell signals.
Aurora Borealis Northern Lights When solar particles enter our atmosphere, they are attracted to the poles, and cause Aurora Borealis
Formation of the Moon Three explanations for how the moon could have formed: –Twin Theory –Meteor Theory –Capture Theory
Twin Theory The moon formed at the same time as Earth. –Gravity pulled particles in the solar system together to make the earth and the moon out of a nebula
Meteor Theory When Earth was first cooling, a meteor struck it and “splashed” a piece off which hardened to form the moon.
Capture Theory The Moon formed someplace else, it flew by Earth and gravity captured it into orbit.
Features of the Moon Maria - smooth dark plains on the moon Highlands- rugged mountains on the moon that appear as light places.
Features of the Moon Rilles - lines on the moon where the crust of the moon cracked when it cooled. Craters- round impacts from meteors
Why are there so many craters on the moon? The moon has no ATMOSPHERE, so it has no WEATHER, so there is no EROSION. Therefore, when the moon gets struck by a meteor, the crater stays there forever.