Q:

How many satellites does the sun have?

A:

Quick Answer

There are over a dozen man-made satellites orbiting the sun. Natural satellites orbiting the sun include planets, dwarf planets, asteroids and comets. There are eight planets orbiting the sun, and as of January 2015, six dwarf planets and almost 700,000 comets and asteroids have been discovered.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

A satellite is defined as any object in orbit around another object. An object orbiting the sun is said to be in "heliocentric" orbit.

The natural objects orbiting the sun include the eight planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune), the dwarf planets (including Pluto and Ceres), comets and asteroids. The asteroids are mainly found in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Thousands more celestial objects orbit the sun in the Kuiper belt, and comets are hypothesized to come from the Oort cloud.

Space agencies from all over the world have sent satellites into space to study the sun and celestial bodies orbiting it, such as comets. There are also several abandoned satellites and satellites that went into a heliocentric orbit by mistake, such as Luna 1.

Learn more about Our Sun

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What type of star is the sun?

    A:

    The sun is classified as a G2V star, sometimes referred to as a yellow dwarf. It is a Population I star in its main sequence. Although called a yellow dwarf, the sun actually emits white light that is often skewed by Earth's atmosphere and interstellar dust.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is some info about the sun?

    A:

    The sun is the star that makes life on Earth possible. Comprising over 99 percent of the mass of the solar system, the sun is a G2 main sequence star. This means the sun is cool compared to other types of stars and that it's still turning hydrogen into helium at its core.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why does the sun shine?

    A:

    Stars, including the sun, derive their energy from the process of nuclear fusion taking place in their cores which causes a release of light at the surface. This process converts matter into energy and releases vast quantities of neutrinos and gamma rays. The sun has a core of about 27 million degree Fahrenheit.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many moons would fit inside the sun?

    A:

    Scientists estimate that around 64.3 million moons would fit inside the sun. Earth's moon has a radius of around 1,080 miles and the sun has a radius close to 432,687 miles.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore