Our Solar SystemSt Aiden’s Homeschool © 2009 ~ All Rights Reserved Donnette E Davis
Never look directly at the Sun
If you looked at the Sun in a telescope,you could go blind.
The Sun is 150,000,000 km (93 millionmiles) away from Earth.
The Sun's light takes 8 minutes toreach us on Earth. That means that if the Sun blew up, we wouldn't see itblow up until 8 minutes later!
The temperature of the Sun's lightdecreases as it travels farther.
Every second, the Sun turns over 4million metric tons of gas into energy.That's 881,849,000,000 pounds!
The Sun is as wide as 109 Earths.
The Sun is so hot that a piece of it thesize of a pinhead could kill someone160 km (100 miles) away.
The Sun is a star—the closestone to Earth. It is a large ball ofvery hot gas. The air webreathe and the Helium in aballoon are both gases. It isover 5,500 °C at the surface,and much hotter at the center,about 15 million °C. The Sun ismade of mostly hydrogen(70%) and helium (28%). It turnsmuch hydrogen into heliumevery second, thus creatingheat and light.The Sun makes light and heatthat warms the surface of theEarth and allows plants togrow. We can get food fromplants, and we can burn woodand other parts of plants tocook, warm our houses, andmake cars go. Without the Sunthere would be no life on Earth.
Some people from long ago thought of the Sunas a god. They did not want the god to beangry with them. To keep the Sun happy, theyoffered it gifts such as gold and food.