It’s really bright
Ok, so you knew that, but did you know that it’s brighter than 85% of everything else in the entire Milky Way?
That record belongs to the skybeam at the Luxor Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
At least that’s what they used to think back in the day. One legend said it was a man with 3 eyes and 4 arms that was abandoned by his spouse for being too bright.
That’s right, American historians and Russian scientists have connected revolutions to sunspots. Don’t believe us?
The American Revolution, French Revolution, Paris Commune, and both Russian Revolutions fell near times of maximum solar activity.
It’s not yellow
Most photos of the sun depict it as being orange, red, yellow or a combination of the three. In reality, the sun is white. It appears yellow to us because of the blue light in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Galileo was the first to notice sunspots but he hid the discovery for fear of being persecuted.
The sun accounts for 44% of the Earth’s tidal energy while the moon accounts for the remainder.
When the sun and moon are in apogee, or pulling the Earth in the same direction, our bodies our stretched albeit only microscopically.
In India pregnant women are sometimes kept indoors during an eclipse for fear that their babies will be born with cleft lips.
25% of people sneeze when exposed to sunlight.
Tromso, in the far north of Norway receives the same amount of annual sunlight as the tropics except all within a 10 week period.
Well, technically it’s massive. In fact, it accounts for about 99% of the mass of the entire solar system.
If it weren’t for the sun, then comets wouldn’t leave a trail of icy particles that always point away from the sun. Why away?
Remember that solar wind we talked about? Well it’s no joke. It moves on average about 280 miles per second and takes only 4 days to reach the Earth.