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Where is the sun located?

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The Sun is located in a spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy. The Sun is the center of Earth’s solar system and makes up 99.8 percent of the mass of the entire solar system.

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The Sun is orbited by eight planets, at least five dwarf planets, tens of thousands of asteroids and hundreds of thousands to 3 trillion comets and icy bodies. Since the Sun is a star that does not have a solid body, different parts of the Sun rotate at different rates. At the equator, the Sun completes one rotation approximately every 25 Earth days. At the poles, the Sun completes a rotation once every 36 Earth days.

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