Thursday, August 23, 2007

THE SUN IN MOTION

Inside the core of our Sun hydrogen is being fused into helium at an astounding rate of 600 million tons a second. Energized particles are carried along by photons radiating outward from the core. These photons begin to ricochet throughout the radiative zone and continue to bounce off each other for hundreds of thousands of years before finally passing through the interface layer and into the convection zone.


Then it's a quick ride out to the photosphere where the intense glow of the photons create the visual surface of our Sun. Light, resisting all of our Sun's gravitational forces, radiates out into the corona and beyond. Traveling at 186,000 miles per second it makes the 93 million mile journey to our Earth in just 8 minutes to illuminate and nourish our planet with life.


View the dynamics of our Sun in mesmerizing IMAX style movies.

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