Sun Facts

Sun Facts

Sun Facts
  • Our sun has an expected lifetime of about 11 billion years.
  • Our sun and the surrounding planets orbit around the center of the Milky Way galaxy once every 250 million years.
  • Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
  • On its trip around the sun, the earth travels over a million and a half miles per day.
  • No solar eclipse can last longer than 7 minutes 58 seconds because of the speed at which the sun moves.
  • Lightning bolts can sometimes be hotter than the sun. (about 50 000 F)
  • It takes only 8 minutes for sunlight to travel from the sun to the earth, which also means, if you see the sun go out, it actually went out 8 minutes ago.
  • In Spit Bergen, Norway at one time of the year the sun shines continuously for three and a half months.
  • In Newport, Rhode Island it is illegal to smoke from a pipe after sunset.
  • In Devon, Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
  • If the sun stopped shining suddenly, it would take eight minutes for people on earth to be aware of the fact.
  • For 186 days you can not see the sun in the North Pole.
  • Every eleven years the magnetic poles of the sun switch. This cycle is called"Solarmax".
  • Because of the speed at which the sun moves, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
  • Aztecs believed that the sun died every night and needed human blood to give it strength to rise the next day. So they sacrificed 15,000 men a year to appease their sun god, Huitzilopochtli. Most of the victims were prisoners taken in wars, which were sometimes started solely to round up sacrificial victims.
  • At the distance at which our sun is located from the center of the Milky Way galaxy, Earth and the rest of our solar system are moving at a speed of about 170 miles per second around the center..
  • At its center, the sun has a density of over a hundred times that of water, and a temperature of 10-20 million degrees Celsius.
  • All the coal, oil, gas, and wood on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for a few days.
  • An area of the Sun's surface the size of a postage stamp shines with the power of 1,500,000 candles.
  • Your fingernails can turn yellow from wearing nail polish and from the sun.
  • If the entire solar system were the size of a quarter, the sun would be visible only under a microscope, and the nearest star would be 300 feet away.
  • The Sun provides our planet with 126,000,000,000,000 horsepower of energy every day.
  • If the earth were the size of a quarter, the sun would be as large as a 9 foot ball and would be located a football field distance from the earth.
  • More than 1 million earths would fit inside the sun.
  • 99% of our solar systems mass is concentrated in the sun.
  • The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!
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