The sun is an ordinarystar, one of about 100 billion in our galaxy, the Milky Way. The sun has extremely important influences on our planet: It drives weather, ocean currents, seasons, andclimate, and makes plant life possible throughphotosynthesis. Without the sun’s heat and light, life on Earth would not exist.
About 4.5 billion years ago, the sun began to take shape from amolecular cloudthat was mainly composed of hydrogen and helium. A nearbysupernovaemitted a shockwave, which came in contact with the
and energized it. The
began tocompress, and some regions of gas collapsed under their owngravitational pull. As one of these regions collapsed, it also began torotateand heat up from increasing pressure. Much of the hydrogen and helium remained in the center of this hot, rotating mass. Eventually, the gases heated up enough to beginnuclear fusion, and became the sun in oursolar system.
Other parts of the
cooled into a disc around the brand-new sun and became planets, asteroids, comets, and other bodies in our
The sun is about 150 million kilometers (93 million miles) from Earth. This distance, called anastronomical unit(AU), is a standard measure of distance forastronomers and astrophysicists.
An AU can be measured at light speed, or the time it takes for a photon of light to travel from the sun to Earth. It takes light on the sun about eight minutes and 19 seconds to reach Earth.
Theradiusof the sun, or the distance from the very center to the outer limits, is about 700,000 kilometers (432,000 miles). That distance is about 109 times the size of Earth’s
. The sun not only has a much larger
than Earth—it is also much more massive. The sun’s mass is more than 333,000 times that of Earth, and contains about 99.8 percent of all of the mass in the entire
The sun is made up of a blazing combination of gases. These gases are actually in the form of plasma.
is a state of matter similar to gas, but with most of the particlesionized. This means the particles have an increased or reduced number of electrons.
About three quarters of the sun is hydrogen, which is constantly fusing together and creating helium by a process called
. Helium makes up almost the entire remaining quarter. A very small percentage (1.69 percent) of the sun’s mass is made up of other gases and metals: iron, nickel, oxygen, silicon, sulfur, magnesium, carbon, neon, calcium, and chromium This 1.69 percent may seem insignificant, but its mass is still 5,628 times the mass of Earth.
The sun is not a solid mass. It does not have easily identifiable boundaries like rocky planets like Earth. Instead, the sun is composed of layers made up almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. These gases carry out different functions in each layer, and the sun’s layers are measured by their percentage of the sun’s total
The sun is permeated and somewhat controlled by amagnetic field. The
is defined by a combination of three complex mechanisms: a circular electric current that runs through the sun, layers of the sun that
at different speeds, and the sun’s ability to conductelectricity. Near the sun’sequator,
lines make small loops near the surface.
lines that flow through the poles extend much farther, thousands of kilometers, before returning to the opposite pole.
around its own axis, just like Earth. The sun
counterclockwise, and takes between 25 and 35 days to complete a single rotation.
The sunorbits clockwise around the center of the Milky Way. Its
is between 24,000 and 26,000 light-years away from the galactic center. The sun takes about 225 million to 250 million years to
one time around the galactic center.
The sun’s energy travels to Earth at the speed of light in the form of electromagnetic radiation (EMR).
Theelectromagnetic spectrumexists as waves of different frequencies andwavelengths.
Thefrequencyof a wave represents how many times the wave repeats itself in a certain unit of time. Waves with very short
repeat themselves several times in a given unit of time, so they are high-
. In contrast, low-
waves have much longer
The vast majority of electromagnetic waves that come from the sun are invisible to us. The most high-
waves emitted by the sun are gamma rays, X-rays, andultraviolet radiation(UV rays). The most harmful UV rays are almost completely absorbed by Earth’s atmosphere. Less potent UV rays travel through the atmosphere, and can cause sunburn.
The sun also emitsinfrared radiation—whose waves are a much lower-
. Most heat from the sun arrives as infrared energy.
Sandwiched between infrared and UV is the visible spectrum, which contains all the colors we, as humans, can see. The color red has the longest
(closest to infrared), and violet (closest to UV) the shortest.
The sun itself is white, which means it contains all the colors in the visible spectrum. The sun appears orangish-yellow because the blue light it emits has a shorter
, and is scattered in the atmosphere—the same process that makes the sky appear blue.
, however, call the sun a “yellow dwarf”
because its colors fall within the yellow-green section of the
Evolution of the Sun
The sun, although it has sustained all life on our planet, will not shine forever. The sun has already existed for about 4.5 billion years.
The process of
, which creates the heat and light that make life on our planet possible, is also the process that slowly changes the sun’s composition. Through
, the sun is constantly using up the hydrogen in its core:Every second, the sun fuses around 620 million metric tons of hydrogen into helium.
At this stage in the sun’s life, its
is about 74% hydrogen. Over the next five billion years, the sun will burn through most of its hydrogen, and helium will become its major source of fuel.
Over those five billion years, the sun will go from “yellow dwarf” to “red giant.” When almost all of the hydrogen in the sun’s
has been consumed, the
will contract and heat up, increasing the amount of
that takes place. The outer layers of the sun will expand from this extra energy.
The sun will expand to about 200 times its current
, swallowing Mercury and Venus.
Astrophysicists debate whether Earth’s
would expand beyond the sun’s reach, or if our planet would be engulfed by the sun as well.
As the sun expands, it will spread its energy over a larger surface area, which has an overall cooling effect on the
. This cooling will shift the sun’s visible light to a reddish color—a
Eventually, the sun’s
reaches a temperature of about 100 million on theKelvin scale (almost 100 million degrees Celsius or 180 million degrees Farenheit), the common scientific scale for measuring temperature. When it reaches this temperature, helium will begin fusing to create carbon, a much heavier element. This will cause intense solar wind and other solar activity, which will eventually throw off the entire outer layers of the sun. The
phase will be over. Only the sun’s carbon
will be left, and as a “white dwarf,” it will not create or emit energy.
The sun is made up of six layers:
, radiative zone, convective zone, photosphere, chromosphere, and corona.
The sun’score, more than a thousand times the size of Earth and more than 10 timesdenser than lead, is a huge furnace. Temperatures in the
exceed 15.7 million kelvin (also 15.7 million degrees Celsius, or 28 million degrees Fahrenheit). The
extends to about 25% of the sun’s
is the only place where
reactions can happen. The sun’s other layers are heated from the nuclear energy created there. Protons of hydrogen atoms violently collide and fuse, or join together, to create a helium atom.
This process, known as a PP (proton-proton) chain reaction, emits an enormous amount of energy. The energy released during one second of solar fusion is far greater than that released in the explosion of hundreds of thousands of hydrogen bombs.
, two types of energy are released:
and neutrinos. These particles carry and emit the light, heat, and energy of the sun.
are the smallest particle of light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation.
are more difficult to detect, and only account for about two percent of the sun’s total energy. The sun emits both
in all directions, all the time.
Theradiative zoneof the sun starts at about 25 percent of the radius, and extends to about 70 percent of the radius. In this broad zone, heat from the core cools dramatically, from between seven million K to two million K.
In the radiative zone, energy is transferred by a process called thermal radiation. During this process, photons that were released in the core travel a short distance, are absorbed by a nearby ion, released by that ion, and absorbed again by another. One photon can continue this process for almost 200,000 years!
Transition Zone: Tachocline
and the next layer, the convective zone, there is a
. This region is created as a result of the sun’s differential rotation.
happens when different parts of an object
at different velocities. The sun is made up of gases undergoing different processes at different layers and different latitudes. The sun’s
much faster than its poles, for instance.
The rotation rate of the sun changes rapidly in the
At around 70% of the sun’s
, the convective zone begins. In this zone, the sun’s temperature is not hot enough to transfer energy by thermal radiation. Instead, it transfers heat by thermalconvectionthrough thermal columns.
Similar to water boiling in a pot, or hot wax in a lava lamp, gases deep in the sun’s convective zone are heated and “boil” outward, away from the sun’s
, through thermal columns. When the gases reach the outer limits of the convective zone, they cool down, and plunge back to the base of the convective zone, to be heated again.
is the bright yellow, visible "surface" of the sun. The
is about 400 kilometers (250 miles) thick, and temperatures there reach about 6,000 k (5,700° C, 10,300° F).
The thermal columns of the
zone are visible in the
, bubbling like boiling oatmeal. Through powerful telescopes, the tops of the columns appear asgranules crowded across the sun. Each
has a bright center, which is the hot gas rising through a thermal column. The
’ dark edges are the cool gas descending back down the column to the bottom of the convective zone.
Although the tops of the thermal columns look like small
, they are usually more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) across. Most thermal columns exist for about eight to 20 minutes before they dissolve and form new columns. There are also “super
” that can be up to 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) across, and last for up to 24 hours.
Sunspots, solar flares, and solar prominences take form in the
, although they are the result of processes and disruptions in other layers of the sun.
is just what it sounds like—a dark spot on the sun. A
forms when intense magnetic activity in the convective zoneruptures a thermal column.At the top of the
column (visible in the
), temperature is temporarily decreased because hot gases are not reaching it.
Photosphere: Solar Flares
The process of creating
opens a connection between the
(the very outer layer of the sun) and the sun’s interior. Solar matter surges out of this opening in formations called
. These explosions are massive: In the period of a few minutes,
release the equivalent of about 160 billion megatons of TNT, or about a sixth of the total energy the sun releases in one second.
Clouds of ions, atoms, and electrons erupt from
, and reach Earth in about two days.
contribute tospace weather, which can cause disturbances to Earth’s atmosphere and
, as well as disrupt satellite and telecommunications systems.
Photosphere: Coronal Mass Ejections
Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are another type of solar activity caused by the constant movement and disturbances within the sun’s magnetic field. CMEs typically form near the active regions of sunspots, the correlation between the two has not been proven. The cause of CMEs is still being studied, and it is hypothesized that disruptions in either the photosphere or corona lead to these violent solar explosions.
Photosphere: Solar Prominence
Solar prominences are bright loops of solar matter. They can burst far into the coronal layer of the sun, expanding hundreds of kilometers per second. These curved and twisted features can reach hundreds of thousands of kilometers in height and width, and last anywhere from a few days to a few months.
Solar prominences are cooler than the corona, and they appear as darker strands against the sun. For this reason, they are also known as filaments.
Photosphere: Solar Cycle
The sun does not constantly emit
and solar ejecta; it goes through a cycle of about 11 years. During this
changes. During solar maximums, there can be several flares per day. During solar minimums, there may be fewer than one a week.
is defined by the sun’s
, which loop around the sun and connect at the two poles. Every 11 years, the
reverse, causing a disruption that leads to solar activity and
can have effects on Earth’s
. For example, the sun’s ultraviolet light splits oxygen in the stratosphere and strengthens Earth’s protectiveozone layer. During the solar minimum, there are low amounts of UV rays, which means that Earth’s
is temporarily thinned. This allows more UV rays to enter and heat Earth’s atmosphere.
The solar atmosphere is the hottest region of the sun. It is made up of the
, and a
called the solar transition region that connects the two.
The solar atmosphere is obscured by the bright light emitted by the
, and it can rarely be seen without special instruments. Only duringsolar eclipses, when the moon moves between Earth and the sun and hides the
, can these layers be seen with the unaided eye.
is about 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) thick and riddled with jets of hot gas.
At the bottom of the
, where it meets the
, the sun is at its coolest, at about 4,400 k (4,100° C, 7,500° F). This low temperature gives the
its pink color. The temperature in the
increases with altitude, and reaches 25,000 k (25,000° C, 45,000° F) at the outer edge of the region.
gives off jets of burning gases calledspicules, similar to
. These fiery wisps of gas reach out from the
like long, flaming fingers; they are usually about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in diameter.
only last for about 15 minutes, but can reach thousands of kilometers in height before collapsing and dissolving.
Solar Transition Region
The solar transition region (STR) separates the chromosphere from the corona.
Below the STR, the layers of the sun are controlled and stay separate because of gravity, gas pressure, and the different processes of exchanging energy. Above the STR, the motion and shape of the layers are much more dynamic. They are dominated by magnetic forces. These magnetic forces can put into action solar events such as coronal loops and the solar wind.
The state of helium in these two regions has differences as well. Below the STR, helium is partially ionized. This means it has lost an electron, but still has one left. Around the STR, helium absorbs a bit more heat and loses its last electron. Its temperature soars to almost one million k (one million °C, 1.8 million °F).
is the wispy outermost layer of the solar atmosphere, and can extend millions of kilometers into space. Gases in the
burn at about one million k (one million° C, 1.8 million° F), and move about 145 kilometers (90 miles) per second.
Some of the particles reach anescape velocityof 400 kilometers per second (249 miles per second). They escape the sun’s
and become the
blasts from the sun to the edge of the
Other particles form
loops are bursts of particles that curve back around to a nearby
Near the sun’s poles are
holes. These areas are colder and darker than other regions of the sun, and allow some of the fastest-moving parts of the
to pass through.
is a stream of extremely hot, charged particles that are thrown out from the upper atmosphere of the sun. This means that every 150 million years, the sun loses a mass equal to that of Earth. However, even at this rate of loss, the sun has only lost about 0.01% of its total mass from
blows in all directions. It continues moving at that speed for about 10 billion kilometers (six billion miles).
Some of the particles in the
slip through Earth’s
and into its upper atmosphere near the poles. As they collide with our planet's atmosphere, these charged particles set the atmosphere aglow with color, creatingauroras, colorful light displays known as the Northern and Southern Lights.
can also cause solar storms. These storms can interfere with
and knock outpower grids on Earth.
fills the heliosphere, the massive bubble of charged particles that encompasses the
eventually slows down near the border of the heliosphere, at a theoretical boundary called theheliopause. This boundary separates the matter and energy of our
from the matter in neighboring
systems and theinterstellar medium.
is the space between
, having traveled billions of kilometers, cannot extend beyond the
Studying the Sun
The sun has not always been a subject of scientific discovery and inquiry. For thousands of years, the sun was known in cultures all over the world as a god, a goddess, and a symbol of life.
To the ancient Aztecs, the sun was a powerful deity known as Tonatiuh, who required human sacrifice to travel across the sky. In Baltic mythology, the sun was a goddess named Saule, who brought fertility and health. Chinese mythology held that the sun is the only remaining of 10 sun gods.
In 150 A.D., Greek scholar Claudius Ptolemy created a geocentric model of the
in which the moon, planets, and sun revolved around Earth. It was not until the 16th century that Polish
Nicolaus Copernicus used mathematical and scientific reasoning to prove that planets
around the sun. This heliocentric model is the one we use today.
In the 17th century, the telescope allowed people to examine the sun in detail. The sun is much too bright to allow us to study it with our eyes unprotected.With a telescope, it was possible for the first time to project a clear image of the sun onto a screen for examination.
English scientist SirIsaac Newtonused a telescope and prism to scatter the light of the sun, and proved that sunlight was actually made of a spectrum of colors.
In 1800, infrared and ultraviolet light were discovered to exist just outside of the visible spectrum. An optical instrument called a spectroscope made it possible to separate visible light and other electromagnetic radiation into its various
.Spectroscopyalso helped scientists identify gases in the sun’s atmosphere—each element has its own
However, the method by which the sun generated its energy remained a mystery. Many scientists hypothesized that the sun was contracting, and emitting heat from that process.
In 1868, English
Joseph Norman Lockyer was studying the sun’s
. He observed bright lines in the
that did not have a
of any known element on Earth. He guessed that there was an element isolated on the sun, and named it helium after the Greek sun god, Helios.
Over the next 30 years,
concluded that the sun had a hot, pressurized
that was capable of producing massive amounts of energy through
Technology continued to improve and allowed scientists to uncover new features of the sun. Infrared telescopes were invented in the 1960s, and scientists observed energy outside the visible spectrum. Twentieth-century
used balloons and rockets to send specialized telescopes high above Earth, and examined the sun without any interference from Earth's atmosphere.
Solrad 1was the first spacecraft designed to study the sun, and was launched by the United States in 1960. That decade, NASA sent fivePioneersatellites to orbit the sun and collect information about the star.
In 1980, NASA launched a mission during the solar maximum to gather information about the high-frequency gamma rays, UV rays, and x-rays that are emitted during solar flares.
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) was developed in Europe and put into orbit in 1996 to collect information. SOHO has been successfully collecting data and forecasting space weather for 12 years.
Voyager 1and2are spacecraft traveling to the edge of the heliosphere to discover what the atmosphere is made of where
. Voyager 1 crossed this boundary in 2012 and Voyager 2 did so in 2018.
Another development in the study of the sun ishelioseismology, the study of solar waves. The turbulence of the convective zone is hypothesized to contribute to solar waves that continuously transmit solar material to the outer layers of the sun. By studying these waves, scientists understand more about the sun’s interior and the cause of solar activity.
Energy from the Sun
Sunlight provides necessary light and energy to plants and other producers in thefood web. These producers absorb the sun’s radiation and convert it into energy through a process called
Producers are mostly plants (on land) and algae (in aquatic regions). They are the foundation of the
, and their energy andnutrients are passed on to every other living organism.
is also responsible for all of the
on Earth. Scientists estimate that about three billion years ago, the first producers evolved in aquatic settings. Sunlight allowed plant life to thrive and adapt. After the plants died, they decomposed and shifted deeper into the earth, sometimes thousands of meters. This process continued for millions of years.
Under intense pressure and high temperatures, these remains became what we know as
. These microorganisms became petroleum, natural gas, and coal.
People have developed processes for extracting these
and using them for energy. However,
are anonrenewable resource. They take millions of years to form.
Solar Energy Technology
technology harnesses the sun’s radiation and converts it into heat, light, or
is arenewable resource, and many technologies can harvest it directly for use in homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals. Some
technologies include solar voltaic cells and panels, solar thermal collectors, solar thermal
, and solar architecture.
Photovoltaics use the sun’s energy to speed up electrons in solar cells and generate
. This form of technology has been used widely, and can provide
for rural areas, large power stations, buildings, and smaller devices such as parking meters and trash compactors.
The sun’s energy can also be harnessed by a method called “concentrated solar power,” in which the sun’s rays are reflected and magnified by mirrors and lenses. The intensified ray of sunlight heats a fluid, which creates steam and powers an electricgenerator.
Solar power can also be collected and distributed without machinery or electronics. For example, roofs can be covered with vegetation or painted white to decrease the amount of heat absorbed into the building, thereby decreasing the amount of
needed for air conditioning. This is
Sunlight is abundant: In one hour, Earth’s atmosphere receives enough sunlight to power the
needs of all people for a year. However, solar technology is expensive, and depends on sunny and cloudless local weather to be effective. Methods of harnessing the sun’s energy are still being developed and improved.
Like a Diamond in the Sky
White dwarf stars are made of crystallized carbondiamond. A typical white dwarf is about 10 billion trillion trillion carats. In about 5 billion years, says Travis Metcalfe of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Our sun will become a diamond that truly is forever.
The solar constant is the average amount of solar energy reaching Earth's atmosphere. The solar constant is about 1.37 kilowatts of electricity per square meter.
2013 will bring the next solar maximum (solarmax), a period astronomers say will bring more solar flares, coronal mass ejections, solar storms, and auroras.
Sun is the Loneliest Number
The sun is pretty isolated, way out on the inner rim of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way. Its nearest stellar neighbor, a red dwarf named Proxima Centauri, is about 4.24 light-years away.
Sunny Days at Space Agencies
NASA and other space agencies have more than a dozen heliophysics missions, which study the sun, heliosphere, and planetary environments as a single connected system. A few of the ongoing missions are:
ACE: observing particles of solar, interplanetary, interstellar, and galactic origins
AIM: determining the causes of the highest-altitude clouds in Earths atmosphere
Hinode: studying the sun with the worlds highest-resolution solar telescopes
IBEX: mapping the entire boundary of the solar system
RHESSI: researching gamma rays and X-rays, the most powerful energy emitted by the sun
SOHO: understanding the structure and dynamics of the sun
SDO: a crown jewel of NASA, aimed at developing the scientific understanding necessary to address those aspects of the sun and solar system that directly affect life and society
STEREO: understanding coronal mass ejections
Voyager: studying space at the edge of the solar system
Wind: understanding the solar wind
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The Sun formed about 4.6 billion years ago in a giant, spinning cloud of gas and dust called the solar nebula. As the nebula collapsed under its own gravity, it spun faster and flattened into a disk.Why is the sun important short answer? ›
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What phase is our Sun in right now? ›
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- Can give you a longer life.
Benefits that sunlight offers your hair
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With no sunlight, photosynthesis would stop, but that would only kill some of the plants—there are some larger trees that can survive for decades without it. Within a few days, however, the temperatures would begin to drop, and any humans left on the planet's surface would die soon after.What can the sun teach us? ›
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Vitamin D. The sun's UV rays help your body make this nutrient, which is important for your bones, blood cells, and immune system. It also helps you take in and use certain minerals, like calcium and phosphorus.How powerful is the sun energy? ›
Simple: every second, the sun releases an estimated 384.6 yottawatts (3.846 x 10^26 watts) of energy. For perspective, a single yottawatt is the equivalent energy output of a hydrogen bomb, and a yottawatt is the largest measurement of wattage we have.
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But even without such dramatic doomsday scenarios, astronomical forces will eventually render the planet uninhabitable. Somewhere between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the solar system's habitable zone and into the "hot zone," new research indicates.What keeps the Sun burning? ›
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So far, almost every day in 2022 it has erupted in flares and coronal mass ejections, some of which were the most powerful eruptions our star is capable of. By itself, an erupting Sun is not weird. It erupts regularly as it goes through periods of high and low activity, in cycles that last roughly 11 years.What stage is the Sun in 2022? ›
Solar 25 Update (January 2022)
The Sun is in the rising part of its 11-year cycle of activity. NOAA recently confirmed that Cycle 25 is outperforming the official forecast. As of January 2022, actual sunspot counts to date are stronger than predicted. Credit: NOAA.
The sun is no different, and when the sun dies, the Earth goes with it. But our planet won't go quietly into the night. Rather, when the sun expands into a red giant during the throes of death, it will vaporize the Earth.How will our solar system end? ›
The white dwarf remnant will eventually expend all its remaining heat and light energy and (perhaps in hundreds of billions of years) fade into its final stage: that of a lifeless black dwarf.
So what happens to the sun when it runs out of its hydrogen fuel? JOSHUA: Right, so the sun is about four and a half billion years old, and in about five billion years, it's going to start to run out of its fuel. And then it will expand into what's known as a red giant.Will Sun become a red giant? ›
When our Sun approaches its red giant phase some 6 billion years from now, it will run out of fuel in its core. As hydrogen fusion slows, the core once again begins to contract.How big is the sun question and answer? ›
The Sun has a diameter of 1,390,000 km. In comparison, the Earth's diameter is only 12,742 km. The Sun is vastly larger than the Earth. From Earth, the Sun appears to be smaller than the Earth.
Where does the sun rise question and answer? ›
Answer: The Sun, the Moon, the planets, and the stars all rise in the east and set in the west. And that's because Earth spins -- toward the east.Where does the sun set question answer? ›
As the earth rotates, the sun appears to move towards the west. Gradually we see that the sun sets in the west and the night sky appears.What is the sun quizlet? ›
Science Content. Students know the Sun, an average star, is the ventral and largest body in the solar system and is composed primarily of hydrogen and helium. Fusion. The energy-producing reaction that occurs inside stars.What are some unanswered questions about the sun? ›
- How does diffraction make a tree's shadow blurry?
- How large would a bucket of water have to be to put out the sun?
- How often does the sun's magnetic field flip?
- Is Pluto a planet?
- What is the color of the sun?
- What is the speed of dark?
- What keeps the sun spinning?
In astronomical terms it is quite close to us. Light from the Sun takes about 8 minutes to reach us. In our scaled down universe the Sun would be the size of a giant beach ball, about 4 feet wide.How much larger is the sun compared to the Earth group of answer choices? ›
At about 864,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) wide, the sun is 109 times wider than Earth, and it accounts for more than 99.8 percent of the solar system's total mass. If it was a hollow ball, more than a million Earths could fit inside it.When the sun rises it is called answer? ›
Sunrise (or sunup) is the moment when the upper rim of the Sun appears on the horizon in the morning. The term can also refer to the entire process of the solar disk crossing the horizon and its accompanying atmospheric effects.How old is the sun question answer? ›
Our Sun is 4,500,000,000 years old. That's a lot of zeroes. That's four and a half billion.Why is it called the Land of the Rising Sun? ›
Japan is called the "land of the rising sun" because from China it appears that the sun rises from the direction of Japan. The Japanese people call their country "Nippon" or "Nihon," which literally translated means "source of the sun." It is loosely translated into English as "land of the rising sun."Which planet is nearest to the sun question answer? ›
- Our solar system has eight plants revolving around the sun in fixed orbit.
- Starting from the planet near to the sun the order is Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
- Mercury is the planet nearest to the sun and Neptune is farthest from the sun.
What happens when the sun sets answer? ›
The rotation of the Earth
As the Earth continues to spin, the day side turns away from the Sun, thus giving the impression that the Sun is going down or the Sun is setting.
The correct answer is: 'sun is shining in a clear sky. 'What are 3 things about the sun? ›
- Equator circumference: 4,379,000km.
- Radius: 695,700km.
- Temperature: 5,973°C to 15,000,000°C.
- Average orbital speed around the Milky Way: 720,000km/h (200km/s)
- Star type: Yellow dwarf.
- Average time taken to rotate on axis: 27 Earth days.
- Number of planets: 8.
The word sun comes from the Old English word sunne, which itself comes from the older Proto-Germanic language's word sunnōn. In ancient times the Sun was widely seen as a god, and the name for Sun was the name of that god. Ancient Greeks called the Sun Helios, and this word is still used to describe the Sun today.