Last Updated on July 30, 2021 by Neil Mackengie
Centuries ago, the Incas of Peru called themselves “Children of the Sun”. and performed ceremonies in the worship of the king of the heavenly bodies. They were wrong, of court, in thinking that the sun was a god; but they were right in believing that there would be no life on earth if it were not for the sun. If the light from the sun were suddenly cut off, life on earth would be impossible.
But there is really nothing special about the sun. It is just a start. Not the biggest or the smallest, not the brightest or the dullest—just an ordinary star like millions of others in the universe. It happens to the nearest star to us, and we are at just the right distance from it to make it possible for us to enjoy the benefits of its heat and energy.
Since the sun is a star, scientists cannot really know what its origin was—because they still do not know how the stars in the universe came into being. The invention of the spectroscope revolutionized the study of the sun, by making it possible for astronomers to discover a great many of the elements which go into its make-up. It is now known that nearly all these are found in the earth’s crust, too.
Is The Sun White?
The color of the sun is white. The sun emits all colors of the rainbow more or less evenly and in physics, we call this combination “white“.
What is the actual name for the sun?
The “sun” is the most popular topic on the internet when it comes to astronomy. But the answer to how we all came to know the name of the sun is actually unknown. We know that the Greeks named it, and we know that the ancient Egyptians called it Ra, and we know that the Babylonians called it Shamash. And we know that the Greeks named it, and we know that the ancient Romans called it Sol. And we know that the Chinese called it Rahu, and the Japanese called it Amaterasu. And we know that the ancient Greeks called it Helios, and the ancient Egyptians called it Ra, and the Babylonians named it Shamash, and the ancient Hebrews called it Shemhazai.
The earliest references to the sun are found in the writing of the ancient Greeks. In the early 5th century BC, Aristarchus of Samos had claimed that the earth rotated around the sun, which was apparently a big surprise to his contemporaries. He was the first person to propose a heliocentric model but was subsequently refuted by the Pythagoreans, who claimed the earth was the center of the universe.
Today it is accepted that the Sun is a star that is around 4.6 billion years old. However, there are still people who believe the Sun is a planet and that it is held in place by its own gravity.
The word Sun originated from the Latin word Solus, meaning ‘alone, which was used to refer to the Sun. As time passed, the word Sun was used to refer to the Sun in general. With the passage of time, people started to use the word Sun to refer to the Sun as well as the day.