Overview: Sun facts

of "Fast Facts: The Sun"
Fast Facts: The Sun lists the Sun's age, location, average distance from Earth, diameter, mass, and distinguishing features in the form of a table. A picture of the Sun is included.
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Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Fast Facts: The Sun can be used alone to:

Find information about the Sun.


Fast Facts: The Sun can be used with the tables of the eight planets and the Moon to:

Recognize and order large numbers. Have students arrange the Sun, Moon, and planets from smallest to largest in mass and/or diameter.

Calculate the gravitational force. Use Newton's law of gravitation, the masses, and distances between the Sun and a planet to determine the gravitational force between them (recommended for grades 10-12).

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See the Solar system section on "Teaching tools" page.

Overview: Sun facts