When you’re a star and a moon, the universe is your shell.
But for one young astronomer from Australia, the cosmic landscape is a little different.
According to new research, the solar system is a tiny world.
That’s because when the sun goes supernova, it creates a big hole that is surrounded by an extremely tiny cloud of gas and dust.
While it may seem like a small amount of gas, that’s the amount of matter that makes up the solar nebula, which is the home to the most massive stars in the solar universe.
“When a supernova explodes, the cloud of material inside the sun’s corona is ripped apart,” explained Mark Haddon, a professor of astronomy at the University of Western Australia.
“[But] when we look at it, the corona doesn’t have that much mass.
It’s just the material inside that is so small it’s hard to see it in the coronal mass ejection.”
The corona of the sun is just a few hundred millionths of a millimetre across.
So how is the solar corona formed?
It consists of an enormous mass of material, mostly hydrogen gas and helium, surrounded by a dense cloud of dust.
The sun has a surface temperature of 5 million degrees Celsius, but the cornea is cooled by a layer of dust, which acts like a blanket around the sun.
It takes a huge amount of energy to drive this material through the coronadar, and it takes a lot of energy as well to slow it down.
The coronal masses are so dense that they’re like balls of ice.
But when they collide with each other, they smash together, producing a huge, violent, hot explosion that blows away everything in its path.
At the heart of the coronic explosion is the supermassive black hole at the centre of the solar disk.
The hole is so massive that it could weigh as much as 10,000 times the Earth.
Haddon says it’s this mass that gives the sun its heat and drive its solar winds.
If you were standing on top of the black hole, you’d be literally in the centre, surrounded only by its black hole.
“It’s like being on top the biggest mountain on Earth, but you’re in a little valley,” he explained.
A coronal explosion occurs when the massive black hole explodes.
However, the sun doesn’t get the same amount of mass.
Instead, it’s surrounded by tiny bubbles that form from the black holes heat and material.
There’s a lot more material than that, and these bubbles are called superheated plasma.
“The heat of the superheater is so great that you can see through the gas in the superhelium,” Haddon explained.
“So when you look at a sunbeam, you can look at the surface of the surface.
You can see the coronsals edge, the surface is a big ball of gas.”
What this means is that when you’re near the sun, the sunlight can’t actually shine through because the corium is so hot.
But that’s not to say the sun isn’t a pretty sight, because the sunlit coronal corona shines with a brilliance that would blow a person’s hair back.
And when you watch a sunspot come into existence, it is actually just a blob of dust and gas.
These tiny bubbles are just the result of the tremendous amount of solar wind that is whipped around the solar disc.
They are so hot that when the corondense cloud of coronal gas hits the solar wind, it produces the bright spots seen today.