Some words that describe the sun are hot, dense, spherical, huge, massive and layered. The sun also can be described as productive because it produces heat, light and radiation.Continue Reading
Heat is one of the defining characteristics of the sun. At its core, nuclear fusion results in temperatures of 27 million degrees Fahrenheit and higher. The sun is both the center of the solar system and the largest member of the solar system. The sun's diameter is 1,390,000 kilometers.
The sun is made up of several layers called the core, photosphere, chromosphere and corona. Solar winds originate in the corona and jut out into space.Learn more about Our Sun
The sun is made of primarily hydrogen and helium but contains traces of carbon, oxygen, neon and nitrogen. The sun contains roughly 70 percent hydrogen and around 28 percent helium.Full Answer >
The term for the sun going down over the horizon is "sunset." This occurs to the west due the counter-clockwise rotation of the Earth. Depending on the tilt of the Earth's axis, the sunset happens earlier in the winter and later in the summer in the northern hemisphere.Full Answer >
The sun holds the planets in their orbits, makes life possible on Earth and converts hydrogen into helium. The sun is a large ball of gas that is undergoing a thermonuclear reaction, which enables it to bathe the solar system in energy.Full Answer >
The sun has had multiple names over the centuries, including the French word "soleil," the Latin term "sol" from the ancient Romans and "helios" from the ancient Greeks. However, after Germany coined the term "sonne," the word translated into English became "sonne" and later just "sun," according to NASA.Full Answer >