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ABOUT THE SUN - FACTS


• The Sun is a star that is in the center of the Solar System.
Sun• The Sun is recognized as having the largest mass in our Solar System.
• It has a diameter of about 1,392,684 km, about 109 times that of Earth.
• The sun is the closest star to Earth, at a mean distance from our planet of 149.60 million km.
• Sun fuses 620 million metric tons of hydrogen each second.
• At the core, the temperature is about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million degrees Celsius).
• In February 1974, Skylab was the first manned spacecraft to study the Sun.
• Solar flares occur when magnetic fields of the Sun come together and cause huge explosions on the Sun’s surface.
• Solar flares produce bursts of electromagnetic radiation, x-rays, ultraviolet radiation, visible light, and radio waves.
 


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