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The Sun is not solid! This burning star is made of the gases helium and hydrogen. The Sun's energy comes from the Sun's hot core. Hot gases explode inside the Sun, making the surface temperature about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Not all of the Sun's surface is this hot. Areas of gas that are a "cool" 1500 degrees Fahrenheit are called sunspots. They look darker because their temperature is so much lower than the rest of the Sun.

Prominences are huge clouds of fiery gases that shoot into space as far as 20.000 miles above the Sun. Some disappear after a few hours. Others can last for days or weeks.

You can also use these prominences and sunspots as patterns to make as many as you want to add to your Sun.

Make a Sun Mobile

1. Use an 8-inch styrofoam ball.

2. Use yellow and orange crayons or markers to color the fiery surface of the Sun.

3. Cut out the small black ovals for sunspots. Glue them onto the surface of your Sun.

t. Color the prominence patterns orange or red. Cut out the prominences. Attach them to your Sun.

5. Open one end of a paper clip, and push it into the ball. Hang the Sun with a string.

You can also use these prominences and sunspots as patterns to make as many as you want to add to your Sun.

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