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On the Presence of a Distinct Solar Surface: A Reply to Hervé Faye

Author(s): Robitaille P.-M.

Journal: Progress in Physics
ISSN 1555-5534

Volume: 3;
Start page: 75;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Solar Surface | gaseous nature | solar photosphere

In this exposition, the existence of the solar surface will be briefly explored. Within the context of modern solar theory, the Sun cannot have a distinct surface. Gases are incapable of supporting such structures. The loss of a defined solar surface occurred in 1865 and can be directly attributed to Herve Faye (Faye H. Sur la constitution physique ´ du soleil. Les Mondes, 1865, v.7, 293–306). Modern theory has echoed Faye arming the absence of this vital structural element. Conversely, experimental evidence firmly supports that the Sun does indeed possess a surface. For nearly 150 years, astronomy has chosen to disregard direct observational evidence in favor of theoretical models.
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