There are over a dozen man-made satellites orbiting the sun. Natural satellites orbiting the sun include planets, dwarf planets, asteroids and comets. There are eight planets orbiting the sun, and as of January 2015, six dwarf planets and almost 700,000 comets and asteroids have been discovered.Know More
A satellite is defined as any object in orbit around another object. An object orbiting the sun is said to be in "heliocentric" orbit.
The natural objects orbiting the sun include the eight planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune), the dwarf planets (including Pluto and Ceres), comets and asteroids. The asteroids are mainly found in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Thousands more celestial objects orbit the sun in the Kuiper belt, and comets are hypothesized to come from the Oort cloud.
Space agencies from all over the world have sent satellites into space to study the sun and celestial bodies orbiting it, such as comets. There are also several abandoned satellites and satellites that went into a heliocentric orbit by mistake, such as Luna 1.Learn more about Our Sun
The sun does not have any moons. Located at the center of the solar system, the sun is a star that consists mainly of hydrogen and helium. According to NASA, the temperature at the core of the sun can reach as high as 27 million degrees Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
Sunset is the exact time the upper disk of the sun is at the horizon, whereas dusk is when the center of the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The hazy twilight in between sunset and dusk is caused by the scattering of sunlight in the upper atmosphere that gives the horizon a light blue appearance.Full Answer >
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer, according to WebMD. Sun exposure also accelerates the age of the skin. Dr. Troy L. Bedinghaus notes that sun exposure may result in damage to the eyes.Full Answer >
The sun formed from a collection of gas and dust that pulled together by mass gravitation; the extreme pressure caused by this great mass produced a nuclear fission reaction that fueled the sun and continues to keeps it burning. The primary elements that make up the sun are hydrogen and helium. Scientists theorize that the shock wave from a large supernova drew together the dust particles that became the sun.Full Answer >