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Definition of photosphere 

1 : a sphere of light or radiance

2 : the luminous surface layer of the sun or a star

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Other Words from photosphere

photospheric \ ˌfō-tə-ˈsfir-ik, -ˈsfer- \ adjective

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Even when 99 percent of the sun's surface (the photosphere) is obscured during the partial phases of a solar eclipse, the remaining crescent Sun is still intense enough to cause a retinal burn. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Solar eclipse 2017: Why is it dangerous to watch a total solar eclipse?," 4 Aug. 2017 If skies are clear, observers will be able to see the sun’s halo-like corona, which is usually obscured by the brightness of the photosphere. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "Parades, parties and port-a-potties: Eclipse mania is taking hold from coast to coast," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of photosphere

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for photosphere

photo- + -sphere; in sense 2 probably as translation of German Lichtatmosphäre

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The first known use of photosphere was in 1664

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