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Did you know that Earths nearest star is the Sun? Did you know that most of the stars we see in the sky are the same size as the sun? It's true - because they are so far away the stars appear to be very small. Read our fact file below to discover amazing facts and trivia about the stars and night sky

Fun Fact 1: The name ‘Star’ is derived from the ancient Greek word 'aster' which means 'a star''

Fun Fact 2: What is a Star? A Star is big ball of glowing gas that started its life in Nebulae

Fun Fact 3: A Nebulae is a swirling cloud of dust and gasses, as the Nebulae spins around balls are created, these balls heat up and become stars

Fun Fact 4: Stars are mainly consist of the gasses hydrogen and helium

Fun Fact 5: Earths nearest star is the Sun! The Sun measures approximately 1,392,684 km (865,374 mi) in diameter; which is about 109 times greater than the diameter of Earth

Fun Fact 6: The Sun provides Earth with two forms of energy; heat and light. All living things on Earth need heat and light to survive; without the Sun (Earth's closest star), Earth would perish

Fun Fact 7: Stars vary in size and color; they can range in size from 450 times smaller to over 1500 times larger than the size of the Sun!

Fun Fact 8: The surface temperature of a star can range from 3,000°C to over 50,000°C. The surface temperature of a star will determine its color; the cooler stars are red in color the hotter stars are blue

Fun Fact 9: The temperature also affects the brightness of a star, the hotter the star the brighter it will be

Fun Fact 10: The Sun has a surface temperature of 5,500°C; therefore its colour appears as a yellow glowing ball

Fun Fact 11: The biggest known star in the Universe a red hyper-giant star; its size is calculated and estimated to measure 1,800 times bigger than the Sun! It is called VY Canis Majoris and was first observed by French astronomer Jérôme Lalande on 7 March 1801

Fun Fact 12: The most outstanding stars in the sky have been grouped together; the groups are called constellations. There are officially 88 different constellations of stars our hemispheres

Fun Fact 13: Examples of star constellations; Cassiopeia, Lynx, Orion, Phoenix, Scorpion and the Great Bear

Fun Fact 14: The biggest and brightest stars have individual names; the names are mostly derived from Arabic and Latin words. There are millions of stars visible to the naked eye, but only a few hundred have been officially named by the International Astronomical Union (IAU)

Fun Fact 15: Did you know that a shooting star is not a star? It is a meteor. Meteors are made from rock and debris that have fallen from asteroids, as they hit earth's atmosphere they burn become meteors or shooting stars

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