Elements of the Universe: Sol – 12 Words

solar

relating to the sun or utilizing the energies of the sun

Solar, for instance, is less useful in the long dark night of the northern winter.Washington Post (Aug 14, 2015)
solar energy

energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy

But the hope is that solar energy output can serve the country’s remote regions where even two hours of power supply can change lives.Forbes (Jul 7, 2015)
solar cell

a cell that converts solar energy into electrical energy

“For solar cells, you want to concentrate light in a small area to produce current.”Scientific American (Jul 20, 2015)
solar array

electrical device consisting of a large array of connected solar cells

Why have a traditional rectangular solar array when you could turn it into a Texas-sized work of solar art?Scientific American (Sep 18, 2015)
solar system

the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it

Utilities would also charge monthly fees, based on the size of a homeowner’s solar system.Los Angeles Times (Sep 26, 2015)
solar wind

a stream of protons moving radially from the sun

The magnetic field protects Earth from these solar winds.BBC (Jul 31, 2015)
solar eclipse

when the moon interrupts light from the sun

Unlike solar eclipses which require eye protection, you only need clear skies to view a lunar eclipse.US News (Apr 3, 2015)
solar plexus

a large plexus of sympathetic nerves in the abdomen behind the stomach

Geographically, it lies in what might be considered Scotland’s solar plexus, and it had just suffered a grievous blow.The Guardian (Jul 7, 2012)
solarium

a room enclosed largely with glass to allow sunlight in

The top horses today help build their endurance in swimming pools, relax their muscles in solariums and train all year round on all-weather gallops.BBC (Apr 2, 2014)
solarize

expose to the rays of the sun or affect by exposure to the sun

The District is one of the country’s most solarized cities, as solar electric and solar thermal technologies are extensively used here already.Washington Post
insolation

incident solar radiation

Length of the period of basking is determined not only by amounts of insolation and temperature but also by the size of the snake.Burkett, Ray D.
solstice

when the sun is at its greatest distance from the equator

While it is the winter solstice in one hemisphere it is the summer solstice in the other hemisphere.BBC (Dec 21, 2014)

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