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The sun is a mass of incandescent gasnote . Or possibly a chariot wheel, a very large flashlight, or a two-dimensional painting on the cosmic backdrop that is the sky. Forget everything you know about Mr. Sunnote  because, in Fiction Land, it's all wrong.

Unlike Weird Moon, the occurrence of these is rarer, except in animations where they're more common.

Common oddities:

  • The Sun appears much larger in the sky than it does in real life.
  • Sun in fiction sometimes has visible rays. In real life, sunray-like effect can exist with a phenomenon called Tyndall effect. However, in fiction, rays can be present in various ways:
    • They're sector-like and cover the whole sky.
    • They're triangular and only extend within a short distance from the sun, making it have a bit of spiky appearance.
    • They have solid lines as rays, often black-colored. Also known as Solrads.
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    • They leave only a few yellow or yellow-white rays even in places where the air is clear.
  • The Sun is plain yellow or orange-yellow even when it's high in the sky and showing it doesn't cause eye irritation.
  • It's getting darker already when the Sun is starting to go down to the horizon instead of getting dark some time after setting, even when it's not very cloudy.
  • Solar eclipses in fiction are never partial.
  • The Sun (and other celestial bodies) are shown to move from right to left in shows set in the Northern Hemisphere. This happens most often when stock footage of a sunset is played backwards to show a sunrise.
  • It has a face and may talk.
  • It wears sunglasses

Related to Weird Moon. A subtrope of Space Does Not Work That Way, and a supertrope of The Face of the Sun.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, the Sun is a man-made object composed of people parts, among other things. It is STILL alive and occasionally feeds on the citizens. Yeah, it's THAT kind of world.
  • In March Comes in Like a Lion, the sun in Chapter 5 is drawn with visible heatwaves, emphasizing how hot the summer day was in Rei's flashback with Nikaido.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (specifically Stardust Crusaders), the Sun is a Stand of all things. Well, actually the Stand is standing in for the real Sun, in order to try and take out the heroes, by giving off ludicrous levels of heat and attacking with solar lasers. It is only dispelled when they manage to knock out the Stand's user.
  • In Soul Eater, the Sun has a giant face, complete with a conical nose, a giant toothy grin, it occasionally breathes fire, and it can laugh. It's also located inside the Earth's atmosphere. In the hotter regions of the world, it becomes even more intense-looking, and when it starts to set, it falls asleep. It has occasional dialogue, too, which is generally fairly pleasant.

    Comic Books 
  • Secret Wars (2015): Battleworld's sun revolves around it, rather than the other way around. Not only that, but it is later revealed to be powered by Johnny Storm.
  • Stardust The Superwizard lives on a star. On the surface of it. Which is on fire. And the star is literally star-shaped.
  • In one Mortadelo y Filemón story, the duo uses the Sun as the secret entrance.
  • In one Golden Age Sensation Comics Wonder Woman feature the villain was Queen Flamina, who ruled an entire kingdom of humanoids that lived on the sun in advanced towering cities built using "sun metal" and rode giant winged horses that could fly in space.

     Films — Animated 
  • Hercules has a slightly modified version of the one in Greek Mythology: instead of being a wheel of Apollo's chariot it's a roughly house-sized sphere.
  • The giant, dramatic sunrise in The Lion King; at least it had to be exaggerated somewhat.
  • In Uglydolls, the sun in Uglyville is a ball of yarn, fitting the craft aesthetic of the town.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • 2012: Charlie Frost's animation shows a sun emitting extreme amounts of radiation, represented by the sun wearing a red headband and firing bullets from a machine gun, the bullets representing neutrinos, then smoking a joint.
  • The miniature sun in Spider-Man 2 shows no effects of radiant heat, radiation, or gravity on those nearby, having no effect on physical matter when handled by a set of metal arms or when idly floating in an unshielded "containment field". There's no way to estimate mass or density. Is the sun's own gravity holding it together, and is that gravity coming from its mass despite its size, as its miniatured molecules simulate macro-scale gravity while still allowing thermonuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium at its core to take place, in a safe and cozy environment, without killing everyone nearby?

  • In The Barsoom Project's Fimbulwinter Game, the Sun begins shrinking until a Gamer from the asteroid belt thinks it looks normal-sized. When the Gamers travel to the Inuit spirit-world to correct this, they realize that the missing Creator-spirit, Raven, has been bound to the spirit-Sun's surface.
  • One story in The Cyberiad had Klapaucius travelling to a planet orbiting a sun that was shaped like a square. The planet itself was cube-shaped.
  • Vernor Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky features a planet orbiting a "On-Off Star", which follows a cycle of going completely dark for decades at a time, forcing the native species to live deep underground and hibernate for this period until a technological civilization could sustain life during the sunless period. Technically, it's not a star at all, and it's implied that the On-Off Star is the work of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens.
  • In Discworld, the sun is tiny (about a mile across) and orbits the Disc faster than its light can travel through the Disc's strong magical field. And one of the elephants has to periodically cock a leg to let it go by.
    • The same in Terry Pratchett's earlier book Strata. One of the starship's computers, in an Expospeak Gag, analyses it and calls it an "external fusion reactor".
    • In Pyramids all of the many, many Djelibeybian gods become real for a short time. Since there are at least a dozen sun gods, something of a free-for-all brawl erupts where they fight it out over just who gets the make the sun move across the sky.
  • Tom Holt's Here Comes The Sun has the Sun being a large mechanical device that must be driven like a car, and is parked in a garage between sunset and sunrise. The plot is largely driven by the Sun, as well as various other things like the Moon and weather, starting to break down due to lack of maintenance.
  • Richard Brautigan's fantasy novel In Watermelon Sugar is set possibly on a post-apocalyptic Earth where the sun shines a different color every day, but always the same color on the same day; Monday is always red, Tuesday is always golden, and so on. Even the community elders and leaders don't know why this is, but they've coordinated the watermelon crops to grow in similar colors. Seeds gathered from, say, a gray watermelon, on Wednesday (when the sun is gray), then planted on another Wednesday, will grow more gray watermelons.
  • Some of the Territories in the Pendragon series have very weird suns. One has three suns which rise and set at the same time and overlap each other at midday, another has a rising and setting band of light stretching across the whole sky. No explanation is ever given for how these systems work.
  • The SF short story "Placet is a Crazy Place" by Fredric Brown has the titular planet in a lemniscate (figure-8) orbit around two suns — one matter, one antimatter. This causes a shedload of weird effects.
  • In The Qur'an, the great ruler Dhul Qarnayn travels to the land where the sun sets, and witnesses it going down into a muddy spring.
    • A Hadith mentions the sun gliding to the throne of Allah after setting and prostrating until it is asked to rise again next morning.
  • Under the Pendulum Sun: The eponymous pendulum sun of the Faelands. They also have a Weird Moon.
    Encyclopedia Exposita: If you would imagine a bright lantern hanging at the end of a long cord. Then imagine that it swings as a pendulum over a surface, bringing each part in turn into its light.
    That surface is Arcadia and that lantern is their sun. Thus at the edges of the Faelands, the sun reaches the pinnacle of its upswing before falling back the way it came. The equilibrium position of the pendulum sun is near the centre of the Faelands, directly above the city of Pivot. There, it is almost never night, as the sun is always close enough to impart at least a hazy twilight of illumination.
  • In Un Lun Dun, the UnSun is shaped like a donut. It's rumored that our sun used to be the center of the UnSun.
  • Karl Schroeder's Virga series takes place in a "world" where there's no gravity, but there is air, and land exists as asteroids. Small "suns" that light regions of fifteen miles or so float freely throughout; one gigantic "Sun of Suns" anchors the whole thing from the center. The whole world is artificial; the air is kept in by a giant (~3000 mile) balloon-type structure. The suns are fusion reactors.
  • In Graham McNeill's Warhammer 40,000 Ultramarines novel Dead Sky, Black Sun, the sun is as described, in a white sky. It also never moves.
    • It's a Daemonworld in the Eye of Terror, tho, so not following laws of nature is expected. Some Daemonworlds have even weirder suns (such as ones that orbit the planet and scream).
  • Zodiac Series has Helios. On the surface, it's a perfectly normal sun. However, in Thirteen Rising, it's revealed that it's actually a portal to a long-dead Earth. If someone were to enter this portal, it would cause the collapse of the Zodiac System...and, unfortunately, Aquarius desires to find out exactly where it leads.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion goes through a variety of weird suns. Light in Middle Earth was originally provided by a pair of giant lamps. When Melkor destroyed them, the Valar created a pair of giant trees that provided light instead. When Melkor destroyed them, the Valar finally created the Sun and Moon. In common with the ancient mythology that inspired Tolkein's writing, it's left somewhat unclear if the Sun was an inanimate object, something driven by one of the gods, or the actual physical form of that god.
  • Due to the alternative laws of physics governing the universe of the Orthogonal series, the Sun is actually a big lump of burning rock.
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: In this book, Caspian is leading an expedition into the east, hoping to find the edge of the (flat) world. As they go farther, the rising sun starts to look bigger and bigger each morning; it becomes blindingly bright, but not hotter. (Though drinking the magic water of this region makes the light more tolerable.) Also, the sun is apparently habitable to some creatures—every morning birds fly from it to bring Ramandunote  a berry that grows in its valleys, which slowly restore his lost youth.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The final season of Andromeda took place in a binary star system, where the stars were artificial constructs built by Sufficiently Advanced Aliens. One of the stars also had a disquieting tendency to audibly blink on and off at random times.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "42" has a sentient star which can possess beings that stare into it long enough, even the Doctor.
    • "The Eleventh Hour". The Sun abruptly goes wibbly, which naturally gets everyone's attention. So what's wrong with it?
    The Doctor: Nothing: you're looking at it through a force field. They've sealed off your upper atmosphere and now they're getting ready to boil the planet.
    • "Amy's Choice" has a cold sun. Granted, it was part of a dream.
    • "The Big Bang": All the stars in the universe died when the TARDIS blew up, so what is the sun that the Earth and Moon have been orbiting for the past 2,000 years? It's the time-looped exploding TARDIS!

  • In The Mechanisms' Rock Opera "High Noon Over Camelot'', the setting is an O'Neill cylinder space station. The real sun isn't visible from the inside, and what the characters call the sun is a fluorescent light in the centre (there were apparently considerable behind-the-scenes debates about whether or not it's a tube). The real sun is also weird from the characters' perspective, since they've never seen it and don't really think about there being a world outside the station. Galahad is given a vision of it, and assumes the enormous fiery orb floating in an endless void is hell.

  • In Greek Mythology the sun is the wheel of a golden chariot driven by Apollo (or Helios, depending on what version of the myth you're going by). Same with several other Indo-European solar deities, like the Canaanite Shapash and the Hindu Surya. Other mythologies have stranger suns; in both Egyptian and early Indian mythologies the sun god (Ra and Varuna respectively) the sun is a boat that travels across the ocean that is the sky, while in Aztec Mythology the sun is carried by winds, and requires human sacrifice for fuel.
  • List of explanations of what the sun is in Aboriginal Australian cultures:
    • A cannibal woman looped in a boomerang (Adnyamathanha, Ngadjuri)
    • A multi-armed woman made by the moon whose pubes are alight (Queensland)
    • A mother looking for her son with a torch (Wotjobaluk)
    • An emu egg thrown at the sky (various South East).

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    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Dungeons & Dragons setting Spelljammer (D&D IN SPACE), suns have the same gravity as any Earth-like planet, and all you need to survive on the (solid) surface is a fire-resistance spell. Some even have civilizations of fire elementals living on them. (Incidentally, suns are not stars. Suns are huge balls of fire; stars are little lights stuck to the inside of the crystal shells surrounding each system.)
    • The crossover nature of Spelljammer means that Spelljammer's description of suns applies (or applied, at least, given the two editions since then) to most campaign settings, even ones where it would not otherwise come up.
    • In the Hollow World, the sun is a pinpoint gateway to the Plane of Fire, and it shut down and left the planet's interior in darkness for a week during the Wrath of the Immortals Story Arc.
    • The sun in Ravenloft looks normal enough, and works fine against vampires and the like, but travelers who actually try to reach it via spelljamming pass into the Mists rather than wildspace, suggesting it's a projection or illusion.
    • There's an arid, inhospitible setting called Dark Sun. Though this is mostly just a name; the sun there isn't markedly different from the sun in any other setting.
  • The Daystar from Exalted is an enormous dirigible made of magical metals (surrounded by burning Essence) that is filled with chambers, requires a pilot, and is brimming with weapons of mass destruction. Unless something really bad happens, in which case it may transform into a four-armed mecha. It also knows Kung Fu.
    • Ligier (Creation's sun prior to the Daystar, and current sun of Hell) is not only green, but also emits a light which does not cast shadows. He's also fully sentient and can create a humanoid form into which he can place a portion of his consciousness to be in multiple places at once.
    • Solars are cursed to become insane over the long run. When the Sidereal realized this, they tried to peer into three different kind of futures: one where the Solars are overthrown, one where the Solars are reformed, and one where nothing was to be done about the Solars. When they tried to peer at that last one, they saw Creation have become a blasted wasteland with a pale sun hanging in a shattered sky. They freaked out, and near-unanimously took the first course of action.
    • In Return of the Scarlet Empress, should the Unconquered Sun die, the Daystar becomes large and red, and the Holy keyword stops working. The flavor indicates that this happens because the Daystar's sentience is...annoyed that something has happened to its beloved master.
  • The Tyrant Star in Warhammer 40,000, which may or may not be an Eldritch Abomination.
  • In Magic: The Gathering the artificial plane of New Phyrexia (formerly Mirrodin) has five suns, one for each color of mana (white, blue, red, green and black.) Each sun allows very powerful spells of that color to be cast at their zenith. (These are represented by the cards White Sun's Zenith, Blue Sun's Zenith, Red Sun's Zenith, Green Sun's Zenith and Black Sun's Zenith.) They are also the plane's only natural sources of mana, since the plane is metallic in nature and metal lacks mana alignment. Any other source of mana on the plane is imported.
    • Amonkhet has two suns, one apparently normal and the Second Sun, a "magical orb" that moves slowly across the sky. It is the source of Oketra's and Hazoret's (two gods) magic, and it is timed by Bolas to align in a monument.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, several weird suns can be found.
    • In the Umbra's Aetherial Realm, travelers can visit the sun, which is ruled by the celestine Hyperion and populated by solar spirits. The umbral sun is solid and habitable, and travelers can ride the solar winds it emits to other parts of the Aetherial Realm.
    • In Malfeas, the Umbral nerve center of the Wyrm, the desert ruled by the Nameless Angel of Despair has a huge black sun hanging overhead.
    • One portent of the Apocalypse is the appearance of Anthelios, a huge red "anti-sun" that can be seen in the skies of both the Umbra and the physical world.

    Video Games 
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • In Super Mario Galaxy, the final boss battle against Bowser takes place inside a hollow sun.
    • Paper Mario 64 has a stranger one, the (or possibly "a") sun is at the top of a relatively short tower with a diameter of less than 12' and has an owl like face. It's bummed because the clouds that the Koopa Troop have spread over Flower Fields keep him from bringing light to the place.
    • And the famous Angry Sun from Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • The Kirby series has a weird sun which orbits around the roughly pentagram-shaped planet. One of the bosses is a sun that follows the circle-with-short-triangular-rays design. And in Kirby's Adventure, you fight the Sun (or a sun) and it has gloved hands and feet. It is also only about twice as tall as Kirby, and tag-teams with the moon.
  • Disgaea 2 has an extra series of hidden Harder Than Hard challenges where the "Dark Sun" screws things up for you and your party. You can have your characters attempt to destroy it with a suicide attack if it gets too annoying.
  • The Lylat system from Star Fox 64 has a weird sun. There are firebirds and lava-snakes living inside it. All promotional information stated that Solar was not the star of the system, but a planet. Although this could go back to the whole "all objects are planets in Japanese" problem.
    • Star Fox Command posits that Lylat is a binary system, with Solar being a red dwarf (although it still refers to Solar as the "Red Hot Planet"). The official player's guide for Star Fox 64 claims that Solar is quite cold for a star.
  • In the Futurama Licensed Game, the sun is merely unpleasantly warm and covered with lava, and has an Aztec Expy society living on it.
  • Minecraft has a rather large square-shaped sun. (Texture packs can change it to whatever the player wants.)
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, The sun is, according to most creation myths, a hole punctured in reality by Magnus, the God of Magic, when he escaped from the mortal plane into Aetherius in order to avoid sacrificing a large portion of his power (and thus, his immortality) like the Aedra in order to create the mortal world. The stars were similarly punctured by his followers, the Magna-Ge. Through the sun and stars flows in magic from Aetherius, visible as nebulae in the night sky.
  • The Sun in Digital Devil Saga isn't just weird, it's also the capital-G God and an afterlife of some sort. And it's deeply angered by the humans, he turns everything touched by his ray into stone. In fact, you have to fight him to earn his forgiveness.
  • The world of Nier doesn't have a sun. It used to, but not anymore. There's still sunlight, somehow, but no sun. It's one more sign of how seriously fucked up the world has become.
  • The sun that the plot of OneShot revolves around is a giant lightbulb (though unlike most suns it's still small enough to be carried around)..
  • Dark Souls III has a sun that gets progressively more weird as the game continues. By the end of the game, it appears to be in a total eclipse, just being a ring of fire surrounding a black circle... except that it also appears to be "bleeding" fire in a stream down to the ground. The overall effect makes it look very similar to the Darksign, the brand that marks the cursed Undead.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: In the Remnant fairy tale The Gift of the Moon, humanity accidentally broke the original sun. They managed to get it back into the sky, but it was a broken shadow of itself, unable to do more than shine dimly. Its rays also scattered, creating stars. Humanity collected up the spilled sunlight and built a huge glass sun to contain it. They then hoisted it into the sky and tied it to the old sun with rope. The original sun was renamed the moon, and now the Remnant is lit with a fake sun by day and the darkness is lit with the real, broken sun by night as it drags the fake sun through the sky behind it.

  • The Green Sun in Homestuck. It's an enormous green star, giant enough that it's about twice the mass of the kids' universe. It supplies magical energy to all First Guardians, and one of the main objectives of Act 5 Act 2 is to destroy it so Jack Noir can't use its powers anymore.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: The sun in Throne (the city at the center of the multiverse) is "broken", meaning it no longer moves; as a result, part of the city is cast in eternal day, and part is in eternal night. Notably, both sides are equally dangerous.

    Web Original 
  • Smosh has a video where they theorize what would happen if the stuff that occurred on children's television could be found in real life. They react with exuberant panic at the teletubbies; more specifically, the giggling sun.
  • In the Madness Series, the sun turns into a mook. Hank kills it; the sky goes black for 2/3 of the series. SLIGHTLY justified in that somebody pressed the Insanity Button.
  • The Sun in Homestar Runner is shaped like an octagon. And in one Teen Girl Squad cartoon, the Sun turns into a circular saw.
  • The SCP Foundation has SCP-1548, the so-called "Hateful Star". Basically, it's a sentient star that exists at the heart of the Crab Nebula, thousands of light years away. It is slowly but surely moving towards Earth, and vocally expresses its intent to destroy us all through Morse code. It poses no immediate threat and probably won't do so for several thousand more years, but unfortunately, there's no way to stop it so when it gets to us, it will likely cause The End of the World as We Know It.
    • Due to creative differences with the site's changing userbase, the entry was later deleted by the author and republished under the RPC Authority as RPC-548.

    Western Animation 
  • In Futurama, the Sun is just a planet. A very, very hot planet with Sun aliens living on it and rivers of fire and stuff, but just a planet. In the video game, Fry declares that he can't do this level because he burns easily. There's even a Show Within a Show based on the Sun: The Real World: The Sun.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: The Sun has nothing to do with atomic energy. It is powered by a lightbulb below its surface. It is hot enough to melt metal, but leaves human beings and dogs unharmed.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: It's a scientific fact that if you destroy reality, the Sun shrinks down to the size of a dinner plate, and is edible.
  • Lampshaded in an episode of I Am Weasel. Weasel tries (and ultimately succeeds) in preventing I.R. Baboon from taking a night-time mission flight to the sun. At the end of the episode, it's shown that the sun is inhabited by baboons that had crash-landed there.
  • The ending of an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has some old guy who is immortal crash-land into the sun. Humorously enough, when he tries to sell his books on how to live longer, the sun-people (Essentially sentient fireballs) accidentally keep burning said books to a crisp.
  • In Ben 10, one of the protagonist's forms is from a species that can live on a sun.
  • On The Simpsons, Mr. Burns is able to block out all of the sun's light from Springfield simply by raising a satellite dish thingy at the edge of town. Possibly justified in that said dish was shown as being almost as big as the zone from which the sunlight was blocked.
  • Similarly, an episode of The Powerpuff Girls had a villain blocking the sun by launching a giant disco ball into space.
  • On Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko, Filbert, and Heffer have to find a way to light a light bulb for a science project, and end up building a machine (consisting of Heffer's mouth and a bunch of potato chips) so powerful that it "sucks up" light energy from everywhere—including the sun, showing that the sun is indeed a flaming solid ball, not a gaseous one.
  • One episode of Chowder had a quick gag with Chowder exclaiming "The sun is rising!" Cut to a sun-shaped monster emerging from a crevice in the earth, with knights scrambling to attack it, only for the Sun-monster to scare them off with flame-breath.
  • In the American Dad! episode "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever", Stan Smith trips over a cable in God's office and the screen goes black. God tells Stan he's just unplugged the sun.
  • The sun on The Secret Show is powered by a furnace in its core, and can be turned on and off with a remote control.
  • On the Jumanji cartoon, the world of Jumanji had a fake sun. It was a small metal sphere hanging in the sky covered in mirrors and fire-shooting holes.
  • In lapine folklore of Watership Down, the sun is Frith, the supreme creator-deity, who'd crafted the world from his droppings. The opening sequence uses a highly-stylized Art Shift to represent Frith and his surroundings.
  • In Gargoyles, the eponymous beings face the sun as it rises, and turn to stone as soon at its direct light strikes them. But somehow, they also manage to face the sun when it sets...
  • In an episode of The Angry Beavers, the beavers have been sent on a mission to the sun as disposable lab animals (not explorers, like they originally thought.) After watching a video (conveniently titled, "So You're Spiraling Into the Sun"), they stop the pull of the sun's gravity by creating a dam of space debris, just as they would dam a river.
  • As far as we can tell, the sun in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is the good old ball o' plasma we know and love... but it doesn't seem to work like ours do. Instead of gravity keeping it orbiting around the planet its magically controlled by a Physical God pony princess while her sister controls the moon. Two widely accepted fanon theories are that either Equestria is located in a geocentric system and the sun is very small, or the princesses control the planet's rotation. Before them, unicorns kept the sun and moon on the right path. One wonders who did it before they existed. In the Season 4 starter "Princess Twilight Sparkle", when both Celestia and Luna are out of action the sun only illuminates half the sky over Equestria. The other half is night, complete with moon...
  • In Mixels the sun is a giant light bulb in the sky. It's also affected by power surges from the ground and can shatter like a normal light bulb would.
  • In "Here Comes the Sun" on Sheriff Callie's Wild West, when Toby and Peck can't sleep during their and Callie's desert campout because of the night noises, they decide to borrow Callie's noodle lasso to rope the sun in order to make it so that it's not nighttime anymore. It works. Daytime comes, but the sun is too close, so Nice and Friendly Corners undergoes a massive heat-wave. Toby and Peck then decide to try to fix the problem by roping the moon to bring back the night, what the Prairie Dog Trio refers to as "trying to fix a mistake with another mistake." They rope the moon alright, but it doesn't bring back the night. Oh, and the moon is blue cheese, which starts raining down on Nice and Friendly Corners.
  • One planet seen in Rick and Morty revolves around a sun with a face which emits a never-ending scream. The sun's screaming can be heard from the planet's surface for the entirety of its daytime period.

    Real Life 
  • A crowd of thousands on October 13, 1917 in a field outside Fátima, Portugal was reported in the newspapers to have seen the sun behaving strangely. They had gathered because they believed a child prophet who claimed they would see something miraculous. After looking into the sky for some time, observers saw the sun moving all over the place. Witnesses had different experiences, with no two seeing the sun move in the exact same way, and the sun's movement was not observed anywhere else in the world. what exactly happened has never been determined, with explanations ranging from a real miracle (albeit, not one where the sun really moved, for obvious reasons), to some natural phenomenon such as a dust cloud or parhelion, to even just power of suggestion. Note: seeing the sun move in the sky after staring at it is a well-known effect of sungazing. Do not stare into the sun without eye protection, and preferably not even then, even during an eclipse.
    • A similar phenomenon is reported to take place at Medjugorje, which, like Fátima, is another location associated with an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
  • In 2010 in China, an atmospheric mirage caused the appearance of two suns in the sky, Tatooine-style. Also sundogs, where a pair of bright reflections appear beside the sun, giving the impression to three suns in the sky.
  • When it was born, our Sun was around 75% as luminous as is todaynote , but far more active with among other things far more flare activity as well as a stronger solar wind. Conversely, in a few billion years when it enters red giant-mode it will become a bloated, distorted star that will strip Earth of its atmosphere and oceans as well as melt Earth's surface before absorbing it.
  • Under just the right atmospheric conditions, a wonderous phenomenon occurs wherein the Sun appears to gain multiple nested and/or interlinking holy halos, called a parahelio (the above mentioned phenomenon of sun dogs are a weaker form of this). Words cannot describe the magnanimous beauty of it, and it must be seen to be believed.


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