Saturday, July 1st, 2017

The Corona

The Sun’s corona (Latin for crown) is aptly named because it’s the faint halo we can see only during a total eclipse. One of the main goals of our expedition to view the eclipse in August is to study this ethereal region. The corona is extremely hot at 1,000,000 K, even hotter than the surface of the Sun, so one might think it would be bright. Unfortunately, this is not the case because while the corona is very hot, it is not particularly dense and so it’s too faint to see anytime other than during an eclipse. Because the corona […]

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