Day 165. Fun Fact Friday: The Sun

(Today I am in Linz and Salzburg. I get to visit where The Sound of Music was filmed!)

So I have decided that it would be fun to learn more about our solar system. Well, really to learn more about the universe, but I thought it would be good to start with the solar system and go from there. I wanted to share what I learned with you guys because space is just so amazing, who wouldn’t want to know more? So for the unforeseen future I will be exploring the world around us!

The Sun

  • The sun is a star and is not unique in its size.
  • It is made up mostly of ionized gas.
  • The sun makes up ” 99.8% of the mass of the entire solar system.”
  • The sun’s core is “15 million degrees Celsius (27 million degrees Fahrenheit)”
  • It is 92.96 million miles away from Earth. This distance is known as an austronimcal unit (AU) and is used to measure many things in our solar system.
  • Seasons, ocean currents, weather and climate are all affected by the sun.
  • We could fit about one million Earths in the sun.
  • “The sun has six regions – the core, the radiative zone, and the convective zone in the interior; the visible surface (the photosphere); the chromosphere; and the outermost region, the corona.” I will go into more detail about each region in later Fun Fact Fridays.

There is much more information but I don’t have the time to read more so I will share more at another time. For now just imagine how immensely huge the sun is and how different life would be (or wouldn’t be) without it.

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