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Effects of Solar Magnetism on the Sun’s Surface
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The laboratory experiment provided me with a magnified view of the sun, which enabled me to
see most of its surface activities. In particular, the experiment helped me to understand how the
sun’s magnetic fields affect its surface phenomena. Just like the earth, the sun has various
regions which have different characteristics that determine its looks. The sun’s interior is divided
into three main regions: the core, the radiative zone, and the convective zone. One of the major
determinants of the photosphere and chromosphere appearances is the sun’s magnetic field and
energy. In particular, the sun’s magnetic fields and energy shape the bright gas ejected by the
sun, resulting in the emergence of explosions. It also traps surrounding gases, which produce
different formations on the photosphere and chromosphere.
Keywords: Photosphere, chromosphere, magnetic field, magnetic energy.

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Introduction
This experiment provided me with a magnified view of the sun, which made me see most of its
surface activities. In particular, I was able to observe how the sun’s magnetism affects its surface
phenomena. In this lab experiment, I used the Meade Coronado Personal Solar Telescope (PST)
to see the sun. This telescope was fitted with a Hydrogen-Alpha (Hα) filter, which only allows a
specific wavelength of light to pass. Accordingly, this instrument is safe since it blocks 99.99%
of the sun’s light and allows a person to see the sun using his/her naked eyes.
Using the Meade Coronado Personal Solar Telescope (PST) telescope, I was able to
observe the sun’s photosphere and chromosphere. The visible part of the sun, its surface, is
called the photosphere. The sun’s atmosphere is divided into two parts; the chromosphere, which
is the lower region, and the corona, which is the upper section. On the photosphere, I observed
granulations that were mottled. There were also faculae’s, which were bright areas near the solar
limb. Just above the photosphere, I observed the chromosphere, which was reddish. I also saw
prominences, solar flares, and sunspots, which were caused by the sun’s magnetic fields.
Prominences are formed when bright gas clouds are ejected from the sun and shaped by its
magnetic fields into various shapes such as loops, spikes, or detached regions (Bakich). Solar
flares refer to explosions that occur in the sun. Sunspots are various shapes formed on the sun by
its magnetic field (Bakich).
Analysis/Discussion
The sun’s magnetic fields usually shape the bright gas clouds ejected from the sun to form
prominences (Bakich). Prominences normally look like spikes, “trees,” or detached regions when
viewed at the sun’s edge (Bakich). When viewed straight, they look like dark lines, which are

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Surname 1 Surname Tutor Course Date Effects of Solar Magnetism on the Sun’s Surface Abstract The laboratory experiment provided me with a magnified view of the sun, which enabled me to see most of its surface activities. In particular, the experiment helped me to understand how the sun’s magnetic fields affect its surface phenomena. Just like the earth, the sun has various regions which have different characteristics that determine its looks. The sun’s interior is divided into three main regions: the core, the radiative zone, and the convective zone. One of the major determinants of the photosphere and chromosphere appearances is the sun’s magnetic field and energy. In particular, the sun’s magnetic fields and energy shape the bright gas ejected by the sun, resulting in the emergence of explosions. It also traps surrounding gases, which produce different formations on the photosphere and chromosphere. Keywords: Photosphere, chromosphere, magnetic field, magnetic energy. Surname 2 Introduction This experiment provided me with a magnified view of the sun, which made me see most of its surface activities. In particular, I was able to observe how the sun’s magnetism affec ...
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