• Question: I know the Earth orbits around the earth but does the sun itself spin?

    Asked by SpaldingHighSchool9S to Anne, Beth, COLFlight, Jon, Tom on 12 Oct 2015.
    • Photo: Columbus Flight Directors

      Columbus Flight Directors answered on 12 Oct 2015:

      The strange thing about the Sun is that it’s not solid, but it’s made of gaseous plasma. So it actually spins at different velocities in different latitudes.
      At the equator, the Sun makes a full rotation in about 25 days. At the poles, a full rotation takes almost 40 days.
      And inside? Nobody knows! This is still being studied by astronomers 🙂

    • Photo: Beth Healey

      Beth Healey answered on 15 Oct 2015:

      It’s strange to think of different parts of it moving around at different speeds and in different directions. Imagine if the same was true on Earth – one day the UK would be adjacent to Iceland and the next Hawaii!!!