Sun facts – Interesting and fun facts about the sun

Sun facts: The Sun is a star at the center of the Solar System. It is the most important source of energy for life on Earth, without it life wouldn’t exist. We all enjoy the sun, but how much do we know about the scorching ball of fire in the sky? Dig in for exciting facts about the Sun.

Sun facts for kids

Sun has another common name, Sol. Named after the ancient Roman’s god of the Sun, Sol.

The sun emits plasma into space all the time known as Coronal Mass Ejections.

Sun is almost a perfect sphere with a difference of just 10 km in the diameter between the equator and the poles.

The sun is around 24,000-26,000 light years away from the galactic center and takes about 225-250 million years to complete one orbit of the center of the Milky Way.

The sun is travelling at a speed of 220 km per second.

Once the sun has completed its red giant phase, it will collapse, though it is going to retain its mass, but its volume will be about the size of the Earth, and then it will be known as the white dwarf.

It takes about eight minutes for light to reach Earth from the Sun.

The sun is halfway through its life. It is 4.5 billion years old and has burned half of its hydrogen stock and has enough stock to burn for another 5 billion years.

The sun rotates in the opposite direction to the Earth.

Sun rotates more quickly at its equator than it does close to its poles. This is known as differential rotation.