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Our Very Distant Sun

Posted February 18th, 2018 at 04:27 AM by Radrook
Updated February 18th, 2018 at 04:40 AM by Radrook

Our Very Distant Sun

Many persons don't appreciate just how tremendously distant our Sun really is because it can be so blistering hot on summer days and it seems so prominent in our sky. But in reality, what seems to be a fairly nearby sun is actually an almost unimaginably enormous distance away. Here are some examples to illustrate just how distant our sun really is.

The Sun is approximately 93,000,000 miles (150,000,000 km) or 1 AU (Astronomical unit) from Earth.

Light traveling at 186,000 miles per second takes a full 8.3 minutes to reach us.

Voyager 1 speeding through space ~ at 38,000 mph, which is approx 24 times faster than a bullet, would take 101 days.

A Boeing 747 at cruising at ~550 mph which would traverse the continental United States in approx six hours would take over 19 years.

A car traveling at 70mph, would take 152 years

A horse galloping at ~30 mph, would take a whopping 354 years l

Walking at ~3 mph, would take you a brief 3,540 years which is almost a thousand five-hundred years longer than the time elapsed since Jesus walked the Earth 2000 years ago.

So whenever at the beach you think the sun is near-think again
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    It's very surprising how few people know, or even want to know, anything about the Sun, which is vital for all life on Earth. Most have no conception of how big it is - about a million times the size of the Earth, and it's mass is over 100 times bigger than all of the planets put together. It shines by a process that is like millions of hydrogen bombs going off every second, and it annihilates 6 million tons of matter every second, converting it into energy. It is an incredible object.

    And it is only one star among many.
    Posted February 24th, 2018 at 12:35 AM by fascinating fascinating is offline

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