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Last Post 10/24/2019 9:27 AM by  Laurel Rachmeler
How far away is the sun?
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10/24/2019 8:30 AM
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    How far away is the sun?

    Laurel Rachmeler

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    10/24/2019 9:27 AM
    The Sun is about 93 million miles away. Our orbit around the Sun is not exactly circular, and throughout a year our distance varies between about 91 and 95 million miles. The average distance between us and the sun has its own unit: an Astronomical unit, or AU ( It takes light about 8 minutes and 19 seconds to travel from the Sun to the Earth.
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