It's true that here on Earth, if you want to burn something you need oxygen. But the Sun is different. It is not burning with the same kind of flame you would have on Earth if you burned a candle.
An expert explains all the wonderful ways the atmosphere protects life on Earth.
Even if we can prevent a global warming apocalypse, our planet won’t be safe forever – the sun will one day expand. So should we try to move the Earth to a wider orbit?
Exoplanet discovery can help us work out how the Earth will end its days.
The Lagrange mission could greatly improve forecasts of space weather.
There are three ways heat can be shared: conduction, convection and radiation. Find out which one lets heat travel through space.
Simply closing your eyes will protect your eyes from sunlight. But looking straight at it can cause serious damage.
The reason we have seasons is because, during its journey around the Sun, the Earth is tilted.
For indigenous peoples, winter solstice has been a time to honor their ancient sun deity. Their rituals reveal a deep understanding of the natural world.
A bright comet visible in December provides an excellent viewing opportunity for night sky lovers – even potentially with the naked eye.
Voyager 2 launched in 1977 and visited all four gas giants in our Solar System. It's now almost 18 billion kilometres from Earth and has finally joined its twin in interstellar space.
When dozens of US mines planted in waters off the Vietnam coast detonated almost simultaneously in 1972, all eyes turned to the Sun for an explanation.
There are lots of places where it's much, much hotter than the Sun. And the amazing thing is that this heat also makes new atoms - tiny particles that have made their way long ago from stars to us.
Technology can only go so far in making sense of our vast and intricate atmosphere.
A gardening expert reveals the simple things you can do to protect your garden during a heatwave.
The wired Earth of the 21st century is at the mercy of the volatile nature of the sun.
Cosmic radiation is much higher today than it was during the Apollo era.
When and where you see the Moon in the daytime depends on what phase it is in.
Whenever summer rolls around, it's easy to forget the basics of sunscreen. How long should I wait after applying it to go in the sun, and how long can I stay in the sun with it on?
A solar day is a measure of how long it takes the Earth to rotate from one noon to the next, and today's summer solstice also happens to be the longest solar day of the year.