Photosphere: Definition & Features


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Which of the following is most indicative of convection occurring in the sun?

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1. The visible glowing surface of the sun is called the/a:

2. This is a relatively dark spot on the sun with a higher temperature than the other parts of the photosphere:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is designed to assess your knowledge of what the sun's photosphere is and what it is responsible for. You will be quizzed on terms used to describe this surface and phenomena that occurs on this layer of the sun.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Terms used to describe:
    • The visible glowing surface of the sun
    • A dark spot on the sun that has a higher temperature than other parts of the photosphere
    • An area of the sun that is cell-shaped, with a bright center and dark edges
  • What indicates convection occurring in the sun
  • The ability to recognize a true statement about granules that appear on the sun

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson regarding the photosphere
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding convection and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms related to the sun's photosphere

Additional Learning

To learn more about this layer of the sun, review the accompanying lesson called Photosphere: Definition & Features. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the three layers of the sun
  • Describe the characteristics of the photosphere
  • Discuss sunspots and what causes them
  • Explain how the photosphere emits light
  • Relate the appearance of the sun's surface and why it appears as it does