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What is the Sun Made of?

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What's the Sun made of? It's not solid. The Sun is composed of plasma, a material made from electrically charged gas atoms.

The Sun is primary hydrogen (75 percent). Hydrogen is the same flammable gas once used to fill airships such as the Hindenburg and are now used in rocket fuel).

The rest of the Sun's makeup is helium (25 percent). Helium is the safer gas we now use to fill airships and party balloons.

The remaining traces are tiny amounts of metal.

Did You Know?

The word “helium” came from Helios, the name for the Sun god in Greek mythology?

See more facts about your Sun!

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Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprise that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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