What is the sun?

The very essence sunless tanning is to replicate the effects of basking under the sun without the sun.

Too much sun is harsh on the skin, yet too little sun would be unhealthy. Basking under the sun can give you that attractive look. However, too much sun can cause sunburn and skin cancer.

When we are at the beach, or just an open field, we protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful effects with beach tents.

What is the sun?

The Sun is a star on which Earth and the other components of the solar system revolve. It the heaviest body in the solar system and constitutes more than 99 percent of the system’s mass. The Sun is the Earth’s source of enormous energy and provides the Earth with the light and heat necessary to support life. Also, the source of ultraviolet rays.

The radius of the Sun is 109 times that of Earth. By volume, the sun could fit nearly 1.3 million Earths, assuming all those millions of Earths are squished together with no space in between.

The surface of the sun is so hot that even liquid can exists. With a temperature of 27 million degrees Fahrenheit (15 million degrees Celsius), we can still feel the heat even at a distance of 150 million km / 93 million. Even at that distance, it can still burn our damage our skin.

The sun’s origin

Scientists theorize that the Sun started from a large cloud of dust and small bits of ice about 4.567 billion years ago.

At the center of this cloud, gravity caused the material to build up into a ball. Once this got big enough, the enormous pressure inside started a fusion reaction. The energy this released caused that ball to heat and shine.

The sun in history

For the ancient Greeks, the sun is the handsome god named Helios. He was the son of the Titan Hyperion and the Titaness Theia. Helios was also the brother of Selene, the goddess of the Moon, and Eos, the goddess of the dawn.

The Romans continued to worship several sun gods. The Romans used the Latin term Sol, a root word that continues to refer to the sun in the present day. The most powerful sun god in ancient Rome was Sol Invictus, meaning “Unconquered Sun.”

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word sun comes from many sources, including the Latin sol.

Protection from the sun while on the beach

Beach Tent "Jupiter"-6

It is summertime, and we love to go to the beach. We can use tents or creams to protect ourselves from the sun. A way to measure the degree of sun protection is the SPF or Sun Protection Factor. See previous articles about types of ultraviolet light).

The SPF (Sun Protection Factor)

SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays

SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays

SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays

Thermalabs Jupiter tent has an SPF 30 protection, and can accommodate up to 8 people. Strong sturdy and easy to set-up. Grab yours here, and enjoy the beach with protection.