The Core of the Solar System: The Sun

  • Eugene F. Milone
  • William J. F. Wilson
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


The Sun is the heart of the solar system, and this chapter discusses its properties and structure, and by extension, those of other stars. Thus electromagnetic radiation and its properties are studied, along with basic stellar astronomy and the ideas of radiative transfer, optical depth, limb-darkening, and center-to-limb variation. Finally solar activity is described, and the chapter concludes with a discussion of solar oscillations.


Solar System Solar Cycle Optical Depth Solar Flare Solar Atmosphere 
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  • Eugene F. Milone
    • 1
  • William J. F. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Physics & AstronomyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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