The sun and solar energy
"Solar radiation provides usable energy all year round with solar panels installed to your home. The United Kingdom receives 60% of radiation compared with the equatorial regions and equivalent to over a 2000 power stations."
The sun is a photosphere.
Quick fact - Each square metre of the UK receives between 900-1200 kWh a year.
In a nutshell.
Our sun belongs to a category of star commonly known as a fixed star; in the night sky, we see billions of them in our universe. At the core of our solar system, our own star has influenced life on earth in many ways. Humanity will have to harness this energy for its long-term energy needs if our civilisation is going to survive peak oil.
The sun is made up of hydrogen and helium gases.
Our sun is also known as a Photo-spherical. Photo means light and Photons are the particles emitted, then hit and power our space technology. Solar panels use radiating the sun's energy to charge a chemical process within the cells to produce electricity.
The Interior - The sun's Inward regions.
The Photosphere - The visible surface of the sun.
The Chromosphere - The atmosphere.
The Transition Region - The point at which particles leave the sun.
The Corona - The aurora of the sun's surface.
The Solar Wind - The ejected solar particles.
The Heliosphere - The full reach of the solar wind.
- Our sun is classed as a medium-sized yellow dwarf.
- The sun is 93,000,000 miles away from the surface of the Earth.
- The sun's life expectancy is at least another 5 billion years before ballooning to a red giant and thus, consuming the inner planets.
- sunlight or rather photon particles travel at 186,282 miles per second.
- The sun produces various wavelengths of light which can be seen in a rainbow.
- sunlight takes about eight minutes to reach us.
- The sun is made up of hydrogen and helium gases. More exotic elements such as metallic's created upon its death called a supernova explosion.