Our sun and the surrounding planets orbit around the center of the Milky Way galaxy once every 250 million years.
Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
On its trip around the sun, the earth travels over a million and a half miles per day.
No solar eclipse can last longer than 7 minutes 58 seconds because of the speed at which the sun moves.
Lightning bolts can sometimes be hotter than the sun. (about 50 000º F)
It takes only 8 minutes for sunlight to travel from the sun to the earth, which also means, if you see the sun go out, it actually went out 8 minutes ago.
In Spit Bergen, Norway at one time of the year the sun shines continuously for three and a half months.
For 186 days you can not see the sun in the North Pole.
Every eleven years the magnetic poles of the sun switch. This cycle is called"Solarmax".
Because of the speed at which the sun moves, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
Aztecs believed that the sun died every night and needed human blood to give it strength to rise the next day. So they sacrificed 15,000 men a year to appease their sun god, Huitzilopochtli. Most of the victims were prisoners taken in wars, which were sometimes started solely to round up sacrificial victims.
At the distance at which our sun is located from the center of the Milky Way galaxy, Earth and the rest of our solar system are moving at a speed of about 170 miles per second around the center.
At its center, the sun has a density of over a hundred times that of water, and a temperature of 10-20 million degrees Celsius.
All the coal, oil, gas, and wood on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for a few days. (even though its not really burning)
An area of the Sun's surface the size of a postage stamp shines with the power of 1,500,000 candles.
Your fingernails can turn yellow from wearing nail polish and from the sun.
The Sun provides our planet with 126,000,000,000,000 horsepower of energy every day.
If the earth were the size of a quarter, the sun would be as large as a 9 foot ball and would be located a football field distance from the earth.
More than 1 million earths would fit inside the sun.
99% of our solar systems mass is concentrated in the sun.
The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!
The universe is so vast in relation to the matter it contains that it can be compared in the following way: A building 20 miles long, 20 miles wide and 20 miles high that contains 1 grain of sand.
The three most common elements in the universe are 1) hydrogen; 2) helium; 3) oxygen.
As late as 1820, the universe was thought to be 6,000 years old. It is now thought to be between 15 and 20 billion years old.
Scientists believe that hydrogen comprises approximately 90 to 99 percent of all matter in the Universe.
A bucket filled with earth would Weigh about five times more than the same bucket filled with the substance of the sun. However, the force of Gravity is so much greater on the sun that a man Weighing 150 pounds on our planet would Weigh 2 tons on the sun.
A space vehicle must move at a rate of 7 miles per second to escape the earth's Gravitational pull. This is equivalent to going from New York to Philadelphia in about twenty seconds.
There are approximately 10,000 pieces of equipment revolving around the earth. About 3,000 of these pieces are satellites, the rest are odd bits of Debris.
Astronomers believe that the universe contains one atom for every 88 gallons of space.
The lunula is the half-moon shaped pale area at the bottom of finger nails.
The term "honeymoon" is derived from the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, stipulating that the bride's parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding.
The Sea of tranquility is found on the moon.
The saying 'once in a blue moon ' refers to the occurrence of two full moons during one calendar month. The last two occurred in January & March 1999. The next one isn't until the end of 2001.
The moon actually has mirrors on it. They were left there by astronauts who wanted to bounce laser beams off them, so that the distance to the moon can be measured.
The Earths core is a ball of Iron-Nickel at 7,000 C and is 80% the size of the moon.
Moon was Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name. Just twenty seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon.
Jupiter's moon Ganymede is the largest moon in the Solar System, and is larger than the planets Mercury and Pluto.
It takes about 1.25 seconds for moonlight to reach the Earth.
If you pile up the cans of Yeo's products, you would be able to reach the moon.
If you fold a piece of A4 paper in half 44 times it will reach the moon
All the moons of the Solar System are named after