PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The two most remarkable things in our sky are the Sun and the Moon. It is on cloudless days and nights. When you notice the Sun or the Moon in the sky, they look the same size. We all know that the Sun is much larger than our Moon, so this is all about perspective. Still, the numbers that line this point are pretty cool.
We know the Moon is smaller than our planet. We also know the Sun is huge. According to NASA, 1.3 million Earths could fit in it. That is the volume of the Sun, which has a large mass. Here we will talk about the disk or face of the Sun and Moon.
The Sun has a radius of 435,000 miles, while the Moon has a radius of 1080 miles. That’s a pretty big difference. This means that the Sun’s disk is 402 times larger than the Moon’s.
Remember, we’re just talking about the circle we see in the sky, not the mass here.
Now, the Moon is 240,000 miles from the Earth, but the Sun is 93 Million miles away! That means the Sun is 387 times farther away than the Moon. When you consider the Sun to be about 400 times larger, but also about 400 times farther than the Moon, you can see why they are the same size in our sky.
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