|How far is the sun?
|Question Date: 2017-03-02
The sun is 93,000,000 miles or 1.5 x 1011 meters;
that is 150,000,000,000 meters far from Earth.
Now, a football field (American football, not
soccer) is about 100 meters.
In short, the sun is 92.96 million miles away.
That’s 149.6 kilometers, 490.8 billion feet, or
5.89 trillion inches! All of those things can be
converted to one simple term: 1 AU. An AU is an
astronomical unit, a term scientists came up
with to simplify distances within our solar
system. An AU is the average distance from
Earth to the sun. The distance from Earth to
the sun actually changes throughout the year. The
Earth’s orbit around the sun is not a perfect
circle, but rather an oval, so at some times it
can be as high as 94 million miles, and at others
it can be as short as 91 million miles. This is
really far away. This is why light takes so much
time to get to us from the sun. If the sun ever
went out or disappeared, we wouldn’t even know for
I really like this question because it has existed
ever since people were capable of thought. It is
so natural to have questions about that massive
ball in the sky. If you assume it’s big, then it
must be ridiculously far away. So how far away
is the sun? The sun is approximately
ninety-three million miles away. That number
is almost too big to really understand so let’s
think about it for a bit. The distance to the
sun is almost four thousand times bigger than the
circumference of the earth! If you were
traveling in a rocket at sixty miles per hour (the
speed of most cars on a freeway) it would take one
hundred and seventy-seven years to get to the sun.
That’s a long time! It really makes you think
about how large and far away objects are in the
solar system. Thank you for the question!
The Sun is about 150 billion meters (or 93 million
miles) away from the earth. It will take a bit
more than eight minutes for the light to travel
from the sun to the earth.
The sun is eight light minutes (150 million
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