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Geek Trivia: The quibble of the week for Nov. 18, 2008

This week's quibble comes from the Nov. 11, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "A little white-hot lie." TechRepublic member gary (along with several other folks) took issue with the region of the sun which The Trivia Geek termed the coolest.

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This week's quibble comes from the Nov. 11, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "A little white-hot lie." TechRepublic member gary (along with several other folks) took issue with the region of the sun which I termed the coolest:

"You stated that the coolest part of the Sun is the surface at 5,700K to 6,000K while that is true and this may be splitting nuclei but the coolest (if you can call it cool while you are being vaporized) part of the Sun are sunspots which are, by astronomical standards, downright chilly. They are only from 4,000 to 4,500K."

Right you are, gary. I should have mentioned sunspots as being cooler than any other part of the sun, relatively speaking, but I guess I blocked them out as solar phenomena, rather than as a basic structural component of the sun. Thanks for keeping me honest, and keep those quibbles coming!

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