10 Incredible Facts About the Sun

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The sunrise and sunset occur so regularly that we often take their consistency for granted. Though ordinary and expected in mind, in reality the Sun is essentially the sole reason for our survival as a race. To remind you just how cool our Sun is, we’ve rounded up the 10 most incredible sun facts.


1
The sun contains 99.85% of the mass in the solar system.

2
The present age of the sun is estimated to be 4.6 billion years, halfway through its lifetime.

3
Approximately every 11 years, the sun reverses its overall magnetic polarity: its north magnetic pole becomes a south pole, and vice versa.

4
At its core, the Sun’s temperature is about 15 million degrees Celsius (about 27 million degrees Fahrenheit).

5
In the Aztec religion, extensive human sacrifice was demanded by the sun gods.

6
The Sun's gravity is 28 times that of Earth.

7
The sun is the closest thing to a perfect sphere that has been observed in nature.

8
It takes 1 million years for the energy from the core to reach the surface of the sun.

9
The normal solar wind travels about 280 miles per second and takes almost 4 days to reach the Earth.

10
The Sun consists of 75% hydrogen and 25% helium.