The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True - 6. What Is The Sun? Summary & Analysis

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6. What Is The Sun? Summary and Analysis

Myths often behave as though the Sun is male and the moon is female. Cultures across the world worshipped the sun, and believed it was either a God or some other divine object. In reality, the Sun is simply a star very close to Earth in comparison to other stars. Stars are usually very large and produce their own light and heat. Planets, are usually smaller by comparison and reflect light. A star's light and heat is created by the gravitational compression of hydrogen, and planets are known to orbit many stars. When stars run out of hydrogen they generally collapse. There are many different kinds of stars, which all have different masses, densities, and shine in different colors. They also have different "stages" in their lifecycles. When some stars die, they are said to...

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