Ask ARSE: What Does the Sun REALLY look like?

Ask ARSE: What Does the Sun REALLY look like?

We are very thankful for the mass questions coming our way after Ask ARSE has started, so why not go again with another fantastic question from a fan.

" Hey ARSE, without all the light and whatever, what does the sun really look like on the surface?


Thank you for the question Daniel and one that mightn't be as silly as it seems upon first glance.

Our suns composition is approximately 75% hydrogen and 25% helium, with various metals making up less than 0.1% of the suns mass.

She burns at a rather steady 5,726 degrees Celsius and emits about 93 lumens per watt of radiant flux or 98,000 lux of visible light per square meter. 

The Sun

Putting it plainly, the sun is super hot and super bright.

So hot and bright that our eyes are about 1.7846 billion times too weak to visibly see the surface of the big hot ball in the centre of our solar system.

Fortunately, the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope (SST) in Spain can penetrate the powerful rays and give us a look at the pulsing blob like surface therein. 

Check it out below and remember to tag a friend and share to spread ARSE far and wide as we thrust into the deep unknown...

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