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What is the Sun's surface made of?

Last Updated: 2nd June, 2020

The sun itself is made of gas, mostly hydrogen and helium, and so does not have a solid surface like you would find on Earth or Mars. However, if you look at a photo of the Sun, you can see it has a definite edge to it.

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Also, is there a solid surface on the sun?

You can't stand on the surface of the Sun even if you could protect yourself. The Sun is a huge ball of heated gas with no solid surface. The Sun's surface is always moving. The Surface: On the surface of the Sun, gases move in a rolling motion called convection.

Secondly, what is the Sun's photosphere made of? The Sun's photosphere is around 100 kilometers thick, and is composed of convection cells called granules—cells of plasma each approximately 1000 kilometers in diameter with hot rising plasma in the center and cooler plasma falling in the narrow spaces between them, flowing at velocities of 7 kilometer per second.

Subsequently, one may also ask, is the surface of the sun lava?

Many people immediately think of lava, the hot, molten rock that occasionally flows from volcanoes. Lava is indeed very hot, reaching temperatures of 2,200° F or more. At its surface (called the "photosphere"), the sun's temperature is a whopping 10,000° F! That's about five times hotter than the hottest lava on Earth.

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