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ACTIVITY 1 STUDENT WORKSHEET

Features of the Sun’s Interior

Core - central part of the Sun where hydrogen fuses into helium to give off energy. Radiation zone - energy from the Sun’s core travels outward through this area. Convection zone - hotter gases rise and fall as they are heated from the radiation zone below much like a boiling pot of water.

Procedure:

1. Use the following process to learn the features of the Sun. Working in groups of three or four, draw the Sun with as many features as you know about, and make a list of those features. Write down these ideas and copy the group diagram in the space below. When your group is done, send someone to get the materials for the activity.

2. In your group, read the description of our Sun (“Features of the Sun’s Surface and Atmosphere”) provided in your Student Guide. Compare what you read to your group’s picture. As you read, locate the boldface words from the reading that are on the accom- panying schematic diagram titled “The Sun” (Figure 1).

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