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Let's Learn About The Sun!

The Sun is the star in our solar system. It is known as a G class star, a yellow dwarf star. It’s surface temperature is about 5,500 degrees Celsius, and at that temperature, a star will look yellow.

Our very own Yellow Dwarf!

In this picture from 2018, the Sun has no sunspots which is very unusual. It is a huge swirling, glowing ball of hydrogen and helium gases. It usually has lots of flares and loops of material flying off the surface. More like the image below.

Image Credit: ESA & NASA

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Iguda’s Sun Fact File

*FUN FACT* – The Sun formed from a cloud of dust and gas about 4.5 billion years ago.

Position in the Solar System

Centre

Diameter

1,391,000 km

Distance from EARTH

150,000,000 km

One Rotation

25 days (at equator)

One galactic orbit

230,000,000 years

Number of planets

8

Core temperature

15,000,000 °C

Gravity

274 m/s²

Structure

Hydrogen, helium

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

Check out the "Ask Nasa" Video!

One of the most exciting things to see is an eclipse of the Sun. They’re really rare, and can be amazing.

The Ask NASA video clip across to the left will give you some ideas about how you could make the following task easier for people to understand maybe using models to show what’s happening.

Your Task

Imagine you are the presenter of a TV show that is going to produce a news piece about an eclipse of the Sun in your area. Research what causes eclipses, including the difference between a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse. Write a script (and include information about what you will show on screen as well) for this TV news story, which should last about 2 minutes.

You could even make a video of your TV story about the eclipse of the Sun!

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Great to see you again, thank you for the visit! See you next time …

Tanno & Iguda

Your Journey So Far …

Tanno and Iguda have explored these places up to now. You can go back and visit again by clicking below.

The Moon

Venus

Mercury

The Sun