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Homework Help: How the differential rotation of the sun causes sunspots

  1. Sep 2, 2010 #1

    Nex

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    Hey, um i am really new to this, so i hope i am doing this right... If I am wrong i am sorry...
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    Ok, so its probably really easy and I am just being dumb but i am trying to explain why the differential rotation casues sunspots


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    I have read a bit and i have sort of figured out that its because the sun rotates faster at the poles then at the equator and something about the magnatised matter of the sun making closed loops and slowing the convection currents and thus the heat transfer thus making those areas darker? The whole what the differential roation does to the magnatic matter of the sun confuses me, I have read the information I am having trouble picturing it in my head, which is why i am here, hoping someone can explain it in a way that makes sense.

    Again sorry if this is wrong or something :S
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