Fascinating facts about the Sun


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Sun facts

  • The current age of sun is 4.6 billion years and it will exist for another 5 billion years.
  • At around 1,392,000 kilometers (865,000 miles) wide, the Sun’s diameter is about 110 times wider than Earth’s.
  • The sun’s total mass is 1,989,100,000,000,000,000,000 billion kilograms, which is 333,060 times the total mass of Earth.
  • The Sun is travelling at 220 km per second.
  • The Sun contains 99.86% of the mass in the Solar System.
  • The sun is so large that 960,000 spherical Earths could easily fit inside it.
  • Six ten-billionths of the Sun is gold.
  • Light from the Sun takes eight minutes and 20 seconds to reach Earth.
  • Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun.
  • Earth orbits the Sun 365 days, yes, one year.
  • The Sun rotates every 25-36 earth days.
  • The Sun’s distance from the Earth is 150 million km (93 million miles)
  • The Sun is made up of 92% hydrogen, 7% helium and the remainder of various gasses.
  • A solar eclipse occurs when Earth passes the shadow of the Moon.
  • To our eyes, in space, the sun would appear white, not yellow.
  • A person weighing 150 pounds on Earth would weigh 4,200 pounds on the sun because the sun’s gravity is 28 times that of Earth.
  • At around 4.5 billion years old, the Sun has already burned off about half of its store of Hydrogen. It has enough left to continue to burn Hydrogen for approximately another 5 billion years.
  • At its core, the sun’s temperature is about 15 million degrees Celsius (about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Some areas on the Sun’s surface are cooler than others. These areas look darker. They are called sun spots.

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