Astronomy Answers: From the Astronomical Dictionary

# Astronomy AnswersFrom the Astronomical Dictionary

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the sunspot

Sunspots are regions on the solar surface where the magnetic field is very strong, up to 3000 gauss in strength. Sunspots look a lot darker than their surroundings in almost all kinds of observations, because they are a few thousand degrees cooler than their surroundings and because they are also large. Sunspots range in diameter from about 2500 to over 50,000 km. A sunspot is often roughly circular in shape, though some have a very irregular appearance. Sunspots have two very distinct parts: the dark umbra in the middle, and the less-dark penumbra around the umbra. The difference between a sunspot and a pore is that a pore has no penumbra.