Sun Science

Explore these extras with the sun science at the end of I LIKE THE SUN.

The sun is a star, like the stars we see flickering in the night sky. Our sun is just much closer to Earth than all the other stars in the universe.

In summer, the part of the Earth you are living on is tipped toward the sun. Summer sun rays are hotter because they are more direct. In winter, the part of the Earth you’re living on is tipped away from the sun. Winter sun rays are less direct and much cooler.

When sunlight passes through the Earth’s atmosphere, the blue part of sunlight scatters around the sky. This blue light is what reaches our eyes. Learn more at NASA for kids.

Solar panels can change the energy of the sun into electricity, called solar power. We can use solar power to heat buildings, power cars, and light up our schools and homes.