The Sun covers our planet in light and warmth. A mixture of heat and light from the Sun can be used as energy to heat water and make machines work. Energy from the Sun is called solar energy. Solar means to do with the Sun.
The Sun is a blazing star.
This huge burning ball of gas is our nearest star. Even though it is 150 million km away from Earth, the Sun can shine so brightly that you need to shade your eyes from its light. Sunlight can feel hot on your skin. You need to wear sun cream to protect your skin.
Energy makes things work. You need energy to throw a ball.
Without energy, nothing works. Everything needs energy. There are many types of energy. The Sun’s energy helps plants and flowers to grow. We eat plants and other foods. The energy from food gives us the energy to throw a ball and run around.
The Sun’s heat dries wet clothes.
The Sun is packed with energy. In one hour, the Earth receives more energy from the Sun than the whole world uses in a year. This energy can also be used to generate electricity. We call this electricity solar power.