1.3M Earths Match The Sun’s Volume; So Why Does The Sun Appear Small

In case you’ve ever wondered why the sun sometimes appears huge and then other times small, check out our simple explanation.

However before delving into the answer, we need you to know some facts. Is the earth bigger than the sun?

Nope, the Sun is much, much bigger than the earth. From here on Earth, the Sun looks smaller than the Earth, but that’s because you’re much closer to the Earth than the Sun. You’re standing on the Earth, while the Sun is 150 million km away.

But if you could get far enough away that both the Earth and the Sun are the same distance, you’d see the real size difference. The diametr of the sun is 1,390,000 km while the Earth is 12,742 km. This means you could put 109 Earth side-by-side to match the diameter of the Sun. And if you wanted to try and fill up the Sun with Earths, it would take 1.3 million Earths to match the volume of the Sun.

The Sun is the largest most massive object in the Solar System by far. It accounts for 99.86% of the mass of the Solar System.

A type of star, the Sun produces massive amounts of energy, as does stars, which makes it shine very bright.

To see the mind- blowing scale of the cosmos’ largest bodies, click this video. Using CGI graphics, you can take a tour through the Milky Way comparing the size of Earth and the Sun ( and other planets)

Video by Peter Ivanov

The Sun appears larger when it is on the horizon, than overhead is just an optical illusion. It happens because there are often other objects in the foreground to provide perspective and secondly; the brain thinks that objects on the horizon should be farther away than objects overhead. Since the Sun obviously does not physically change size, the brain concludes that the Sun is physically bigger when it’s on the horizon, and thus tricks you into thinking that the size is bigger than when it’s overhead. This phenomenon is known as the Ponzo Illusion.

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