Comparing the sizes of Earth and the Sun
Comparing the sizes of Earth and the Sun
 
 
Drawing showing the inside of the Sun
Drawing showing the inside of the Sun
 
 
Burning gases of the Sun
Burning gases of the Sun
 
 
Sunspots
Sunspots
 
 
Solar flares
Solar flares
 
 
Protect against the Sun's rays
Protect against the Sun's rays
 
Sun
Topic(s):   Solar System

The sun is the center of our solar system. All the planets move around the sun. It is like a huge magnet. The sun keeps the solar system together.

The sun is made mostly of hydrogen and helium gases. It is not solid like Earth. The burning gases give off heat and light. The heat keeps us warm. The light helps all things grow. Nothing could live without the sun.

The sun is very hot. A very hot day on Earth is around 100 degrees fahrenheit. The surface of the sun is almost 10,000 degrees fahrenheit. That makes the sun one thousand times hotter than Earth.

The sun is the largest object in our solar system. To cross from one side to the other, it is over 860,000 miles. Over 1,000,000 (one million) earths could fit inside the sun.

Earth is a long, long way from the sun. It is 93,000,000 (ninety-three million) miles from Earth to the sun. If you flew in an airplane going 500 miles per hour, it would take over 20 years to get to the sun.

The sun has spots. Sunspots are dark patches on the surface of the sun. These are places that are cooler than the rest of the sun. Scientists think that sunspots cause sun flares. A sun flare is like a huge firecracker shooting up into the air. The size of a sunspot decides how long the flare is and how long it shines.

Be careful when you go outside. Never look directly at the sun even if you are wearing sunglasses. The sun is so bright that its rays will damage your eyes. Also, protect your skin from the sun. A sunburn not only hurts to touch but can cause skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen lotion to protect your skin.

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