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How does the sun heat the earth?
Question Date: 2017-03-06
Answer 1:

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Answer 2:

The sun heats the earth from it's sun rays. When you stand outside in the sunshine, and you can feel the warmth on your skin, this is because the heat in the sun ray is heating your skin. The earth is heated in the exact same way. The sun rays are absorbed by the earth and it is warmed.

Answer 3:

The sun emits light. Light is energy. When the light hits the earth, the energy in the light transforms and becomes heat, which is a different form of energy.

Answer 4:

This is a fun question because it’s so hard to imagine that the sun could even heat the earth. The sun is so far away! How could its heat travel so far! There are three ways that heat can move between objects so let’s look at all of them and figure out which one the sun uses.

The first is called conduction, where heat moves from one solid object to another. Have you ever hugged a friend who was really warm and felt yourself get warmed? Heat is transferring from your friend to your body by conduction. The second method is called convection where heat moves through fluids. Fluids are liquids and gasses which have the ability to move more freely than solids do. Have you ever heard the phrase ‘hot air rises’? This is a perfect example of convection. You can also see convection in action by looking at water boil. The hot water will rise from the bottom of the pot and bubble out the top. So you may be thinking that none of these could be the method by which the sun heats the earth since there are no solids, liquids, or gasses in space.

The third method, called radiation, is the way that the sun heats the earth. Radiation is really complicated but the basic idea is that heat can move through completely empty space until it hits something solid. In the case of the sun, some of the heat that radiates travels all the way through space until it reaches the earth.

I hope that makes things more clear. Thank you so much for your question!

Answer 5:

The sun heats the Earth through many forms of light, including ultraviolet, inferred, and visible. The sun’s light is transformed into heat once it reaches Earth’s surface, and the atmosphere traps that heat in. This heat is the reason Earth is home to many forms of life; without warmth many biological processes on Earth wouldn’t be possible.

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