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(plasma surrounding a star)

The term Corona indicates glowing Plasma surrounding a star. The term was first used for the glow seen around the Sun during solar eclipses. The corona of the Sun is "active", changing visibly over time.

The word is also incorporated in terms for glows surrounding other astronomical objects, such as Galactic Corona.

Coronagraphs were first developed to attempt to study the corona at other times than eclipses, but the term has come to mean any telescope feature designed to block out the light of the Sun or a star in order to see radiation from near the star that is much less intense.


Referenced by:
Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV)
Galactic Halo
Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
Solar Wind
Standard Model of a Flare
Stellar Atmosphere