Sol and the Solar Corona

LASCO Solar Corona Images
Large Angle & Spectrometric COronograph images (April 17th, 1998) from SOHO courtesy National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA)


The Central Star

Visitors shouldn't be surprised to find that the central body of this stellar system is rather unremarkable and unspectacular ... it is widely assumed that this is a necessary, and perhaps sufficient, condition for the origin and proliferation of resident lifeforms.

The central star, known by various names such as "Sol", "Ra", or "Thesun", is a medium-sized, thermally average, moderately-massed, middle-aged, isolated hydrogen fusion reactor exhibiting no unusual gravitational interactions, and possessing average angular momentum, elemental abundances, and magnetic fields.

Still, beauty is in the eye of the beholder ... and virtally everything in the cosmos has its own interesting tale to tell. If you'll take the time to get to explore its quirks, character, and personality, you'll find this object a pleasantly pleasing and mildly interesting representative of the local stellar neighborhood.


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