Question: It is colder in winter because the Earth is farther from the Sun.
Answer: It is colder in winter because the Earth’s axis is tilted away from the Sun. Less sunlight falls on the Earth’s surface, and thus less heat.
Question: The Sun revolves around the center of the galaxy once each year.
Answer: The Sun takes 200 million years to make one revolution around the center of the Milky Way.
Question: The Sun will run out of nuclear fuel in a million years.
Answer: The current age of the Sun is 4.5 billion years. It will run out of nuclear fuel at an age of 10 billion years.
Question: The Sun is a star.
Answer: The center of our solar system, the Sun, is a star. Astronomers have discovered other stars that also have planets orbiting them, increasing belief that there may be life elsewhere in the universe.
Question: The surface of the Sun is hotter than a campfire.
Answer: The surface of the Sun has a temperature of about 10,000° F (6,000° C). The hottest campfire would be 5 times cooler!
Question: Sunspots are cooler than the surface of the Earth.
Answer: A sunspot has a temperature of 9,000° F (5,000 °C). The average temperature of Earth is only about 68 to 86° F (20 to 30° C).
The sun in the sky.

Our Sun: Fact or Fiction?

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