How does the sun affect the Earth?


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The sun provides the Earth with energy in the form of heat, which it uses to warm the Earth's surface, oceans and atmosphere. The heat energy found in the atmosphere is one of the major components of the Earth's climate and climate change, according to Windows to the Universe.

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How does the sun affect the Earth?
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The sun gives off radiation as well as heat energy. The amount of radiation that the Earth receives depends on the Earth's position and the amount of clouds in the Earth's atmosphere. The radiation given off by the sun affects the Earth's climate patterns and its overall temperature. Solar activity, such as solar flares or sunspots, increases the amount of radiation that is given off by the sun and causes the Earth to have dramatic changes in temperature.

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