- The Sun is about 150 million km from the
- Did you know there are dozens of words that contain the word Sun
|"Did you realize that 4.5
pounds of sunlight hit the earth each second?"
- It is a medium size star, it also has medium
brightness. Some stars are many times brighter, and some are many
- The Sun's diameter is around 1.4 million km.
It is approximately 109 times wider than the earth.
- One supergiant, Betelgeuse, becomes larger
and smaller in diameter, sometimes reaching almost 600 times the
diameter of the Sun. If the Sun grew to the size of Betelgeuse, it
would swallow up Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars.
- Approximately one million Earths can fit
inside the Sun.
- There are dark blotches on the Sun's surface
called Sunspots. These are cooler areas of the Sun.
- The surface of the Sun is called the
- The corona, is the outermost layer of the
Sun. It stretches millions of kilometers into space.
- The center of the Sun, is made of
- The Sun spins around once every 27.4
- The core of the Sun is approximately 15
million degrees Celsius. The coolest part of the Sun is nearly
6,000 degrees Celsius.
- The Sun loses approximately 4 million tons
every second, this is the amount of hydrogen gas that the Sun turns
- Scientists study eclipses by making
artificial eclipses with an instrument called a coronograph.
- All substances made by the Sun are
- There are sometimes "Mock Suns" (parhelia)
which are called Sun dogs because they follow the Sun around. These
Sun dogs are usually seen as bright spots on opposite sides of the
- The hottest place in the world is Dallol in
Ethiopia (East Africa). It's average annual temperature is 94
degrees farenheit (34.4 C)!
Facts about the
©Copyright 1998 Elizabeth
Beckett, Holly Bernitt, and Vishwa Chandra.