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Sun-Earth Day 2009: Our Sun Yours to Discover.

Sun-Earth Day 2009: Our Sun Yours to Discover

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This Hinode/EIS spectrum was obtained between wavelengths of 240-290 Angstroms (24 to 29 nanometers), and shows numerous lines contributed by ions such as iron for which 14 electrons have been removed (FeXV) due to the high-temperature atomic collisions. (Courtesy George Doschek, Hinode/EIS and NRL)
Hinode/EIS spectrum

This Hinode/EIS spectrum was obtained between wavelengths of 240-290 Angstroms (24 to 29 nanometers), and shows numerous lines contributed by ions such as iron for which 14 electrons have been removed (FeXV) due to the high-temperature atomic collisions. (Courtesy George Doschek, Hinode/EIS and NRL)

NASA Fact

The core of the sun is nearly as dense as lead, and has a temperature of 15 million °C.