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Introduction The Sun has played a major role in the development of mathematics and physics over the past centuries and has been widely described as the “Rosetta Stone” of Astronomy. This is undoubtebly an apt description of a celestial object whose internal and external layers provide an ideal laboratory for testing atomic and nuclear physics, high-temperature plasma physics and magnetohydrodynamics, neutrino physics and general theory of relativity. The proximity of our star to Earth has enabled us to make a close scrutiny of its surface regions and the overlying atmosphere.
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