Glossary term: Chromosphere

Description: The chromosphere (or "color sphere") of the Sun or other sun-like star is the thin layer in the atmosphere directly above the photosphere, which is the denser layer from which the sunlight or starlight is emitted. During a total eclipse of the Sun, the chromosphere is visible as a faint ring of glowing gases, mostly hydrogen which glows with a red color, hence the name.

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