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Cool layer in a Sun-like star

Cool layer in a Sun-like star

Date: 19 February 2013
Satellite: Herschel
Copyright: ESA

One of the great curiosities in solar science is that our Sun's outer atmosphere – the corona – is heated to millions of degrees when its visible surface is 'only' about 6000 degrees. Even stranger is a curious temperature minimum of 4000 degrees lying between the two layers, in the chromosphere. Now, using ESA's Herschel space observatory, scientists have made the first discovery of an equivalent cool layer in the atmosphere of the Sun-like star, Alpha Centauri A.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Jul-2022 12:55 UT

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