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    Please explain the energy output of the Sun, include how it produces energy, why it is in "equilibrium," and what this means.

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    The sun's energy output is generically defined as broad-spectrum electromagnetic radiation derived from triple-alpha hydrogen fusion. To break this down a bit, the sun is mostly hydrogen. Hydrogen nuclei (protons) bang together hard enough that some of the protons turn to neutrons (creating radiant energy and some excess neutrinos in the process) and this creates heavy hydrogen (deuterium) nuclei. ...

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    The solution discusses briefly the manner in which the sun maintains its state of dynamic equilibrium via energy output from fusion.