Sunspots, optical image

Sunspots, optical image

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sunspots. Telescope image of sunspots on the surface of the Sun. Sunspots are areas of magnetic activity that contain cooler gas than the rest of the Sun's surface. They are massive structures, ranging in size from hundreds of kilometres across to larger than the Earth.

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Keywords: active, activity, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, black background, convection, cool, cooler, cosmological, cosmology, dark, earth-directed, gas, group, heliology, magnetic, observation, solar, solar system, space, star, sun, sun spot, sun-spot, sunspot surface, telescope image

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