Spring 2010 Astronomy 110 MWF 9:30 &mdash 10:20

8. THE SUN AS A STAR

The Sun is not only the largest object in our solar system — it is also the nearest example of a star. It produces energy by converting hydrogen to helium, thereby maintaining a constant internal temperature. Particles emitted by the Sun and detected on Earth confirm the details of this picture.


Reading

Please read all subsections of each section below.

10.1 A Closer Look at the Sun
10.2 Nuclear Fusion in the Sun
10.3 The Sun-Earth Connection

Online

  1. Complete the Sun as a Star assignment, due on Monday, 8 Mar 2010 at 9:00 am.

  2. Review the lecture slides.

Joshua E. Barnes      (barnes at ifa.hawaii.edu)
Updated: 5 March 2010
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