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pho·to·sphere

 (fō′tə-sfîr′)
n.
The directly visible outer layer or atmosphere of a star, especially of the sun.

pho′to·spher′ic (-sfîr′ĭk, -sfĕr′ĭk) adj.
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photosphere

(ˈfəʊtəʊˌsfɪə)
n
(Astronomy) the visible surface of the sun, several hundred kilometres thick
photospheric adj
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pho•to•sphere

(ˈfoʊ təˌsfɪər)

n.
a sphere of light or radiance.
[1655–65]
pho`to•spher′ic (-ˈsfɛr ɪk) adj.
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pho·to·sphere

(fō′tə-sfîr′)
The thin, outer layer that forms the visible surface of a star, especially the sun.
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photosphere

The visible outer layer of a star, especially of the Sun.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.photosphere - the intensely luminous surface of a star (especially the sun)
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
Sun - the star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system; "the sun contains 99.85% of the mass in the solar system"; "the Earth revolves around the Sun"
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References in classic literature ?
Her hopes mingled with the sunshine in an ideal photosphere which surrounded her as she bounded along against the soft south wind.
The observation and analysis of stellar photospheres (Cambridge Astrophysics Series), 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K., 1995.
From the photospheres out, the flotsam and detritus undetected or overlooked during the past century are now revealing much about the past, present, and future of the stars.
They then will have to prove that Doppler shifts from Earth-like planets can be distinguished from unrelated wavelike motions in the the target stars' photospheres.
Visual artist Matt Wright with the 'photospheres' which reflect Welsh heritage in a stunning new exhibition
Visible dimensions of stars, i.e., radii of their photospheres, depend on many a specific factor; as a rule, they do not equal to the radius [R.sub.m] and can be evaluated only roughly.
Another third are white dwarfs with radiation coming from 25,000 [degrees] to 100,000 [degrees] Kelvin photospheres. The remaining sources include photospheres and winds of the massive and hot early-type stars, cataclysmic variables, active galactic nuclei (AGNs), and such unique objects as the Vela supernova remnant, Cygnus Loop, and Jupiter-Io torus.
The observation and analysis of stellar photospheres. 2nd ed., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992, 124.