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X-Ray Image of the Sun. Caption, Credits and Copyright

Hot coronal gas is revealed in this X-ray view of the Sun; the bright white areas are where the corona is concentrated into the loops of magnetic field between sunspots. The dark gap running length-wise down the center of the image is a coronal hole, where the Sun's surface magnetism extends straight out, allowing hot gas to constantly stream away.

Image obtained with Skylab ATM X-ray telescope (June 19973).
Credits: L. Golub & G.S. Vaiana, Center for Astrophysics

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Copyright 1995: Board of Trustees, University of Illinois

NCSA. Last modified 11/10/95.