Facts about the SunFacts about the Sun

To suggest that the Sun is important for our survival is an understatement. Simply without the Sun, there would be no life on Earth. With this in mind it is evident that the Sun is one of the most important stars in entire universe. Since the Sun is around us everyday we may tend to forget how interesting this star really is. I have put together some interesting facts as well as myths that can help us learn more about this star that supports life on Earth.

Intersting Facts about the Sun

1. Out of over a billion stars, the Sun is the closest star to the Earth. The Sun is approximately 93 million miles away from Earth. The next closest star to Earth is about 25 trillion miles away.

2. The temperature on the Sun's surface, also known as the photosphere is approximately 10,000 ° Fahrenheit. The core of the Sun's temperature is about 27 million ° Fahrenheit.

3. The Sun is tilted and rotates every 27 days.

4. The Sun has reached the middle of its life expectancy. Yes, this means that the Sun is middle aged. But don't be alarmed, the Sun will shine for at least another 5 billion years.

5. The Sun is over 100 times wider than Earth and weighs about 330,000 times more than Earth. This means that you could fit about 330,000 Earths in the Sun. Even though the weight and width of the sun is very large, it is considered to be an average size star.

6. If you look directly at the sun you could permanently damage your eyes. In order for scientists to examine the sun without damaging their eyes they use special filters that project an image of the Sun onto a screen.

7. The Earth rotates the Sun every 365 days.

8. On Earth we are able to enjoy sunrises and sunsets, however the Sun does not physically rise or set.

9. The Sun is made up of 92% helium, 7%helium, 1% oxygen and the rest of the 1% is made up of iron, nickel, oxygen, silicon, sulfur, magnesium, carbon, neon, calcium and chromium. In fact, the Sun is 1% oxygen; and everything else comes out of that last 1%.

10. The moon reflects the Sun's light just as any other object reflects light that falls on it. The moon is unable to produce does light on its own.