Interior of Sun

Interior of Sun

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Credit: MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Diagram showing the interior of the Sun with vibration modes superimposed. The solar interior is composed of a core (central 30%) a radiative zone outside this, and finally a convective layer occupying the outermost 30% or so. Solar astronomers, using a branch of astronomy called helioseismology, have established that the Sun vibrates in several different modes, somewhat like the skin of a drum, as indicated in this image by the colours on the surface. The blue regions indicate where the surface is moving outwards, while the red ones show where the movement is downwards.

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Keywords: artwork, astronomy, harmomics, helioseismology, illustration, science, solar, solar system, space, sun, universe, vibration modes

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