The Solar Atmosphere

Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)

From the viewpoint of the newcomer to total solar eclipse chasing, it might be thought that the Sun simply disappears when covered by the Moon, i.e. everything goes black. However, the real beauty of the sight of an eclipsed Sun is in seeing parts of the solar atmosphere that are normally hidden. Above all, it is the solar corona that is the most awesome. While modern H-Alpha filters (see Chap. 13) can show you solar prominences on any sunny day, albeit in a weird shade of deep red, viewing the corona is still unique to total solar eclipses.


Solar Corona Solar Atmosphere Convective Zone Solar Surface Solar Limb 
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