What Are Sunspots?


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Sunspots ___ due to ___~:

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1. The darker, central core of a sunspot is called the:

2. A sunspot is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Despite its normally-bright appearance, the sun has a few darker spots on its surface, which are known in astronomy as sunspots. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics of sunspots. Some things you'll be assessed on include the activity of sunspots, the core of a sunspot, and characteristics of a sunspot.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to identify the following:

  • Activity of sunspots
  • The darker, central core of a sunspot
  • Characteristics of a sunspot
  • Regular increase and decrease in the number of spots on the sun
  • The period when there are larger amounts of sunspots

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding sunspots
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of sunspots
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on sunspots and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about sunspots, review the accompanying lesson called What Are Sunspots?. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The sizes of sunspots
  • Temperature differences of sunspots
  • How the photosphere keeps sunspots hidden