Sunspot: Definition, Cycle & Theory


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How long is the sunspot cycle?

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1. Sunspots are located on what layer of the sun?

2. How much cooler are sunspots than the rest of the surface of the sun?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Astronomers have been studying sunspots for a long time, and our quiz/worksheet combo is designed to check your understanding concerning the fundamental elements of these cooler regions of the sun. To pass this quiz, you'll have to answer questions about location, temperature, and cycles of sunspots.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments quiz students on the following:

  • Length of a sunspot cycle
  • Where sunspots are found
  • Temperature differences between sunspots and the sun
  • Length of time sunspots last
  • Average number of sunspots in a group

Skills Practiced

By using this quiz and worksheet, you will practice:

  • Distinguishing differences - Compare the length of a sunspot cycle with how long sunspots last
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of degrees Kelvin to determine how much cooler sunspots are than the surface of the sun
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about the layers of the sun

Additional Learning

The Sunspot: Definition, Cycle & Theory lesson can help you learn more about this subject. You'll study the following:

  • Definition and causes of a sunspot
  • Galileo's early studies about the sun's rotation period
  • How to determine the sunspot number