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.
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
The time it takes to orbit the Sun depends on the planet. Because of gravity, the mass of the planet and other considerations, objects closer to the Sun tend to have a faster orbit. Earth, the third planet from the Sun, takes 365.26 days to orbit the Sun.Full Answer >
According to CNN, a solar eclipse is only a total eclipse for those areas of the Earth directly beneath the moon's shadow. Since the moon is much smaller than the sun or the Earth, it may only completely block the sun's light over part of the Earth's surface. Anyone outside this full shadow may see a partial eclipse, but it will not achieve totality.Full Answer >
The apparent movement of the Sun describes the perceived phenomenon that the Sun moves through each zodiac constellation, making a full revolution around the celestial sphere every year. This is not factual; it is Earth's orbit around the Sun, on its 23.5-degree tilted axis, that gives this impression.Full Answer >
Hydrogen and helium combine to form more than 98 percent of the sun’s mass, and they represent over 99 percent of the atoms in the sun. Oxygen is the third most abundant element found in the sun, as it is responsible for almost 1 percent of the sun’s mass. The other constituent elements include carbon, nitrogen, silicone, magnesium, neon, iron and sulfur.Full Answer >