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4 Glaring Facts About the Sun for Kids

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Fascinating Information About the Sun for Children

 The sun is the most remarkable star in the solar system. Kids will love learning  facts about what makes this star so important and other mind-blowing information about how it relates to other bodies in the solar system. Some of this information may have already been covered in science class and in picture books about the sun, but there is so much more to learn about the sun that rises every morning and sets every evening like clockwork. Kids may even be inspired to become astronomers or even astronauts who go on missions to outer space.

 

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The sun is extremely hot. 

This is an obvious fact, but not everyone knows temperature of this blazing star. The surface is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, or 5,500 degrees Celsius. At the core, temperatures reach 27 million degrees Fahrenheit or 15 million degrees Celsius.

 

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The sun will remain in its current state for another five billion years. 

After that point, its nuclear fuel will be depleted and the sun will become a red giant. During the next phase, the outer layers will be shed and the inner core will become a white dwarf. Then it will dim and cool until it transitions into a black dwarf.

 

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The sun is gigantic. 

To be more specific, the diameter of the sun is 865,370 miles. It is 109 times wider than Earth. Putting this size in perspective, more than one million planets the size of Earth could fit inside the sun. Another interesting tidbit is that the sun weighs about 333,000 times as much as Earth.

 

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The sun is very old. 

According to scientific experts, the sun is approximately 4.57 billion years old. To come up with this estimated age, several different approaches were put to the test. One path was to establish a mapping process based on the mass and brightness of stars. Astronomers use this data to develop an approximate age of each one. Another commonly accepted methodology is the examination of radioactive decay of other, unstable elements in the solar system. Data from this material can be used to determine how long these elements have been in the solar system, and can then be applied to the age analysis of the sun.

  

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