The Sun Might Be Bigger Than We Thought

Perhaps surprisingly, we don’t know the sun’s size—at least, not as accurately as we know the Earth or the moon. When working with Google Maps (to measure the sun’s shadow) and his own models, Xavier Jubier realized something was off with the measurements, “For me, something was wrong somewhere, but that’s all I could say,” Jubier tells Space.com. Apparently this year’s solar eclipse will help …

Hold a Piece of the Sun, Here on Earth

If you need a little Monday motivation, look no further: humans have managed to collect a tiny piece of the sun, and bring it back to Earth. (So you can definitely get out of bed today.) Even more amazingly, this happened 15 years ago, when “charged particles shot out into space from the Sun’s upper atmosphere.” Usually they’d disappear into the solar system, but a …

Watch the Shadow of Mercury Cross the Sun in Real Time

The Transit of Mercury—an astrological event that takes place just 13 times per century—is currently underway. The event occurs when our solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, appears to cross the sun from Earth; producing a tiny, dot-sized shadow moving across the massive face of the glowing sun. The phenomenon is only viewable by telescope and other special equipment, but if you’d like to catch the …