7 Fascinating Facts About the Sun

depolreablesunite

H/T Mental Floss.

These are some interesting facts about the Sun. 

Isaac Asimov described the solar system as the sun, Jupiter, and debris. He wasn’t wrong—the sun is 99.8 percent of the mass of the solar system. But what is the giant ball of fire in the sky? How does it behave and what mysteries remain? In 2017, Mental Floss spoke to Angelos Vourlidas, an astrophysicist and the supervisor of the Solar Section at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, to learn what scientists know about the sun—and a few things they don’t.

A coronal mass ejection from the sun
A coronal mass ejection from the sun
NASA GODDARD // PUBLIC DOMAIN

1. THE SUN IS A GIANT NUCLEAR FUSION REACTOR.

The sun is so incomprehensibly big that it’s almost pointless to bother trying to imagine its size. Our star is about 860,000 miles across. It’s so big that 1.3 million Earths could fit inside…

View original post 978 more words

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: