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The Sun is the closest star to Earth, and lies at the center of our solar system. It is a yellow dwarf star and its gravity holds all other celestial objects in the solar system in its orbit. The Sun is about 4.6 billion years old and its diameter is 109 times that of the Earth. The light from the Sun takes 8 mins 19 secs to reach Earth. The Sun's energy drives the weather and climate on Earth, and supports almost all life on Earth.
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The Sun, A Real Star
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Learn about the Sun and its influence on the Earth. Find out about the layers of the sun and how Earth's magnetosphere acts like a giant shield to protect us from space weather.

Inside our Sun - Take a deeper look
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Explore our closest star - our Sun, and take a deeper look.

Discoveries About Our Sun
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Learn about five major recent discoveries about our Sun.

Surface of the Sun As You've Never Seen It
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An extraordinary video of eruptive events on the Sun recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. By highlighting different wavelengths of light, scientists can track how material on the Sun moves.

Sun Close-Up
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An animated depiction of the surface of the Sun.

Sun for Kids
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A complete lesson on Sun. Though the Sun looks the same everyday, it is very dynamic and its turbulent surface produces some of the largest eruptions in the solar system.

Birth of the Solar System
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The solar system was born around 4.6 billion year ago in a very large cloud of dust and gas. The video recreates the spectacular event.

3 Questions: The Sun
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The video answers three burning questions about the Sun, the best known star in our solar system.

Science Fact: The Sun is not Yellow!
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Actually, the Sun isn't yellow! Find out what color the Sun really is and the reason behind the apparent color of our Sun in this video.

Why is the Sky Blue and Sunsets Red?
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Find out why the sky appears blue, and what the color of the sky has to do with finding life on distant planets.

Where does the Sun Get its Energy?
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Find out where the Sun gets its energy from.

How much Energy Does the Sun Give Out?
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The presentation demonstrates a scientific experiment to measure how much energy from the Sun falls on the Earth's surface.

What Will Happen to the Earth When the Sun Dies?
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We know that the Sun won't last forever. The video explains the ramifications for our home planet.

Can We Survive our Sun's Death?
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Our sun will die in a few billion years to become a red giant. Do humans stand a chance against the Sun's ultimate fate?

SDO Shines Light on the Sun
Grade: 3 - 12
Learn about the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO). SDO provides insights on the structure of the Sun's magnetic field, as well as how energy is transferred from the Sun into space.

Solar Storms
Grade: 3 - 12
Go inside the eye of a solar storm, and learn how scientists predict them in order to protect astronauts and satellites in space.

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