Adapted from "Why does the Sun Shine"

Why does the Sun shine?


The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas, 

A gigantic nuclear furnace

Where hydrogen is built into helium 

At a temperature of millions of degrees.


Yo-ho, it's hot, the Sun is not a place where we could live

But here on Earth there be no life without the light it gives

We need its light, we need its heat, we need its energy

Without the Sun, without a doubt, there'd be no you and me


The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas, 

A gigantic nuclear furnace

Where hydrogen is built into helium 

At a temperature of millions of degrees.


The Sun is hot 

It is so hot that everything on it is a gas: iron, cooper, aluminum and many others 

The Sun is large 

If the Sun were hollow, a million Earths could fit inside - and yet, the Sun is only a middle sized star

The Sun is far away 

About 93 million miles away, that's why it looks so small 

And even when it's out of sight the Sun shines night and day

The Sun gives heat, the Sun gives light, the sunlight that we see  

The sunlight comes from our own Sun's atomic energy

Scientists have found that the Sun is a huge atom-smashing machine 

That heat and light from the Sun come from nuclear reactions of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and helium


The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas, 

A gigantic nuclear furnace

Where hydrogen is built into helium 

At a temperature of millions of degrees.


Sun

"Why does the Sun shine" from Space Songs LP (series: Singing Science Records)produced in the late 1950s by         Hy Zaret and Lou Singer; singers: Tom Glazer and Dottie Evans.

© 2010 OASES