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how hot is the Sun?

The temperature of the Sun varies depending on which part of the Sun you are talking about.

 
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Rollover the picture below to see the temperature of the Sun in different places.

     

At the centre of the Sun (its core), the temperature rises to an amazing

15,000,000°C.

 

The temperature slowly decreases towards the surface where it is about 6,000°C.

 

However, then something strange happens because, as you go further out, the temperature rises again and can reach well over 1,000,000°C in the corona (the Sun's atmosphere).

 

More Vital Statistics

To find out more about recent solar observations of the hot solar atmosphere from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) follow this link.

 

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