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chromosphere

(middle layer of the Sun's atmosphere)

The chromosphere is the layer of the Sun's atmosphere outside the photosphere and inside the solar transition region. It is about 2000 kilometers deep and its density is a hundred millionth that of the Earth's atmosphere. The inner boundary is 6000 K and the outer boundary is 35000 K. The chromosphere is visible during a solar eclipse.

The term plage is used for certain kinds of bright regions of the chromosphere. They occur near sunspots.


(Sun,stars,stellar atmosphere)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chromosphere
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plage_(astronomy)
https://solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov/feature2.shtml

Referenced by pages:
corona
Coronal Solar Magnetism Observatory (COSMO)
High Altitude Observatory (HAO)
Moreton wave
photosphere
chromospheric activity index
spicule
standard model of a flare
stellar atmosphere
Sun
Sun surface features
transition region

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