Thursday, March 1, 2012

Facts about the sun

  1. The Sun is 4.5 billion years old and produces 383 billion trillion kilowatts of energy.
  2. Sunlight takes 8 minutes to reach the Earth and is responsible for the ocean currents and weather patterns on our planet.
  3. The Earth orbits the Sun in an elliptical uneven orbit and the distance between them varies depending on where the Earth lies in that orbit.
  4. The Sun is only an average size for a star but still accounts for 98% of the total matter in our solar system.
  5. The solar winds produced by the Sun extends to about 50AU, where AU is the distance from the Earth to the Sun.
  6. The lightning in the sky is nearly 3 times hotter than the Sun.

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