Fun Space Facts for Children: The Sun

Sun Image

The Sun:  The Star of the Solar System!

Name:  Our sun’s name is a bit of a mystery! Some think it came from the old english word sunne, but no-one knows how that word came to be used.  Others believe the word is derived from the latin word for sun, which is sol.

Diameter:  864,938 miles (1,392,000km)

Temperature:  10,000 degrees fahrenheit; 5537.78 degrees celsius.  And that’s just scratching the surface!  The core burns at almost 30 million degrees fahrenheit; 16666648.89 degrees celsius!

Fun Sun Facts: The sun is made up of gases, mainly hydrogen, helium and oxygen.  It is also made up of small amounts of neon, iron, silicon, magnesium and sulfur.

Our sun is the only star in our solar system.  That makes its unique, because most solar systems have at least two stars.  And like the star she is, all the planets revolve around her blazing presence!

The sun also plays a starring role in the fourth book of the Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures series.  In the fourth book, Amelia, the Snapperjacks and the Molten Maze, Amelia and her alien friend Uglesnoo must fly to the sun. How can they possibly land on it? Uglesnoo knows how. But once there, they need to fly underground, into a flaming labyrinth! It’s the only way, to get the next item of their list.   But will they make it out of the treacherous molten maze alive? Curious about the series?

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Mars.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,  Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage and Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon. These are the first three books in, Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures, an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 6-10).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

Now Available! 

Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon


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“Adventure, inventiveness, and humor merge in this quirky, appealing tale.”
Kirkus Reviews.  Read Full Review

“…This third book is even more original, fun and creative! With aliens, different planets, a good dose of humor and excellent storytelling that is age-appropriate, this is one of the best kids series out there. The illustrations are pretty fun too and fit the story well.”
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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?
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“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

“Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get your kids started the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!” Rating 5/5 Stars.

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

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