For billions of years, the sun has illuminated the earth, giving life to flora and fauna of all kinds. Scientists believe that this star is 4.6 billion years old, and has only gotten to around half of its lifecycle. This star is right at the center of the solar system, and one of the most important spheres of human existence, both literally and figuratively.
Mankind has pored over pictures and statistics of the sun for the longest time now, and we understand the sun better than any time in human civilization. This is a giant step from when man worshipped the sun and merely speculated about its origins.
Below are some interesting facts about the most important star in the Milky Way Galaxy;
1. It bears 99.8% of all the mass in the solar system A lot of people out there know that the sun is big, but most have no idea just how big. Well, as far as the solar system goes, the sun is over 99% the size of our Galaxy.This means that the earth, the other planets and all other bodies in the solar system occupy a measly 0.02% of it.
2. Compared to some stars, the sun us actually not that big This might come across as a little confusing, but it is true. The only reason we see the massive globe of the sun is because it is very close to the earth. In reality, there are a lot of bigger stars. VY Canis Majoris, the biggest one out there, has a radius 1540 times larger than the sun. It is also 25 times its mass and shines 270,000 times brighter.
3. The sun is always traveling at 220 kilometers per second This is definitely hundreds of thousands of times faster than any machine ever created by man. Despite this unbelievable speed, this start still takes 225-250 million years to go around the center of the Milky Way orbit.
4. The sun's rotation is opposite that of the earth While the earth rotates from East to West, the sun has its path locked from West to East. The mysterious star might provide all light forms on earth with life and food, but it definitely throws in some intrigue for a good measure.
5. It is insanely hot According to scientists, the inside temperature of the sun can go up to 15 million Degrees Celsius. This is definitely enough heat to reduce the hardest metal on earth into a pile of dust millions of times over. If the sun didn't have immense gravitational pull, it would simply explode due to its own heat.
6. The sun will one day collapse After burning all the hydrogen and helium inside it, the sun will essentially shrink to about the size of the earth, meaning it will become only a millionth of its current size. This is what scientists call a hite dwarf'.
Our ancestors believed that the sun held mystique and magic within its expansive form, and scientists have proven that it is more than that; it is the source of life itself. It is definitely an intriguing star to study(for many reasons - being that it is in our solar system), and more is still getting unearthed.