Facts about the Sun

The Sun, also known as Sol, is at the center of our solar system and is accountable for our awesome climate (depending on where you live). The Sun’s radius is about 864,400 miles, which is about 109 times the diameter of Earth. That’s pretty fucking big. Okay now to some other facts. 

  • In ancient Rome, the Sun was known as Sol, Latin for Sun.
  • In the center of the Sun, temperatures reach about 27,000,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The Sun is all colors (ROYGBIV) mixed together, to our eyes, the sun appears white.
  • The Sun is mostly composed of hydrogen (70%) and Helium (28%).
  • The Sun is responsible for 99.86% of the mass in our solar system.
  • The Sun is about 4.6 billion years old. That’s pretty old.
  • The sun is 330,000 times heavier the Earth.
  • The Sun is 109 times wider than the Earth.
  • In outer space, everything is put under a classification, since the Sun is a star, it’s considered a G2V dwarf star.

  • It takes about 1.3 million Earths to fill up the Sun.
  • The Sun is nearly a perfect sphere.
  • Light speed is fast but, light emitted from the Sun takes 8.3 minutes to reach Earth.
  • The Sun travels at 45,000 miles per hour.

  • The Sun has a very strong magnetic field.
  • Solar flares occur when magnetic energy is released by the Sun during magnetic storms, which we see as sunspots. In sunspots, the magnetic lines are twisted and they spin, much like a tornado would on Earth.
  • The Sun generates solar wind.
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