Glossary of Terms
Alpha Centauri- A star system consisting of 3 stars but appearing to the naked eye as a single star.
Binary star- A pair of stars that revolve around a common center of gravity
Black dwarf- With the passage of time the remaining heat and light will be radiated away , so that the star eventually becomes a black dwarf.
Constellation- A group of stars that form a shape or pattern.
Corona- Outer atmosphere of the sun.
Chromosphere- The chromosphere is above the photosphere.
Draco- Begins, tail first, about 10 degrees from the Big Dipper's pointers, and curves between the two dipper. Then it swings around the Little Dipper, doubles back, and ends in a group of four stars, forming the dragons head.
Flares- Flares are bright filaments of hot gas.
Interior- Inner surface or part inside.
Iron- A very common metal that fuses stars.
Mnemonics- Memory aids
Nebula- A cloud of inter-stellar matter which may be dark, self luminous, or glowing by reason of its proximity to a neat by bright star.
Nova- A star that has exploded into temporary brightness.
Photosphere- The photosphere is the outer visible layer of the sun.
Proxima Centauri- Biggest star
Sunspots- Sunspots are black spot that release radiation and disrupt radio communication and cause magnetic storms.
Super Nova- Blown up with greater force and brightness.
Ursa Major- The familiar Dipper is only part of the great Bear. The Dipper's seven stars are easy to find if you face north on a clear night.
White Dwarf- Small but very hot star.