Facts about the Sun

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Facts about the Sun

START OFF WITH THESE QUICK QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Yes! The energy that the sun emits is electromagnetic radiation which is also called light or sunlight.
The star at the centre of our solar system is called the Sun.
The Sun radiates light at all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Yes!  The Sun radiates light at all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum including the wavelengths of the visible spectrum.

About the diagram

About the diagram
  • This diagram introduces the Sun, the star at the centre of our solar system. It lists some useful facts that help explain why it is so important in our lives.
Remember that:
  • The sun is unlike anything else in our experience. Its age, size, and temperature are all on a scale apart from our own lives on planet Earth.
  • It explodes with the force of a billion one-megaton nuclear bombs every single second of every single day.
  • Without the energy produced by the sun, life as we know it would not be possible.

Some key terms

Thermonuclear fusion

Thermonuclear fusion involves atoms fusing together. Thermonuclear fusion requires immense pressure and heat. There are two forms of thermonuclear fusion: ...

Sunlight

Sunlight is light emitted by the Sun and is also called daylight or visible light. Sunlight is only one form ...

Electromagnetic radiation

Electromagnetic radiation is a type of energy more commonly simply called light. Detached from its source, it is transported by ...

Light

Light is electromagnetic radiation (radiant energy), which, detached from its source, is transported by electromagnetic waves (or their quanta, photons) ...

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