Here are some interesting facts about the sun:
- With a total width of around 865,000 miles (1,392,000 kilometres), the Sun’s diameter is about 110 times wider than the Earth’s
- It takes around 8 minutes for the Sun’s light to reach Earth
- Due to the speed at which the sun moves, it’s impossible for a solar eclipse to last any longer than 7 minutes and 58 seconds
- Approximately 109 planet Earths would fit on the surface of the sun and more than one million planet Earths would fit inside it
- Because the Sun has a huge influence on Earth, many early cultures saw the Sun as a deity or god. For example, in Aztec mythology there is a sun god which is named Tonatiuh. Whilst with the Ancient Egyptians, they had a sun god called Ra.
- A person weighing 150 pounds on Earth would weigh 4200 pounds on the sun due to the sun’s gravity
- All planets orbit the sun in the same direction, counterclockwise, and on roughly the same plane, known as the ecliptic
- In the sixteenth century, Nicholas Copernicus argued that it was the Earth that traveled around the sun – not the sun traveling around the Earth, as thought for centuries. However, it wasn’t until Newton formulated the laws of motion, that Copernicus’s view of the solar system was accepted.
- If you happened to live on the Sun and decided to build a spacecraft, it would need to somehow go over 384 miles / 618.2 kilometres per second to escape the Sun’s gravitational pull. That’s about 40 times faster than the average passenger plane
- Sunlight sustains all life on earth, allowing the plants to produce food through photosynthesis. No sun? Eventually, no life
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