We love sunrises and sunny days, but knowing more about the sun’s true power might change the way you bask in it.
The sun is the most important source of energy for life on Earth. It contains more than 99.8% of the total mass of the solar system, and produces an enormous amount of energy per second.
Every hour, enough sunlight hits Earth to power it for an entire year. If that wasn’t mind-bending enough, picture this: The sun creates enough energy to melt a bridge of ice 2 miles wide, 1 mile thick, stretching from the Earth to the Sun, in just one second.
Seconds, minutes and hours count.
Every 120 seconds, or every time a traffic light changes, enough sunlight hits America to power California for a year.
Every 216 seconds, the time it takes to make a perfect piece of toast, enough sunlight hits America to power California for a year.
It takes a photon 8 minutes and 20 seconds to travel the 93 million miles from the sun to Earth; it would take us 100 years driving nonstop at 93 mph to do the same.
We shouldn’t let all that effort go to waste.
It’s time to give our sun the rock star status it deserves.