Butterfly with Sparkling Solar Sphere Statue
This gorgeous Butterfly with Sparkling Solar Ball Garden Statue will make a lovely focal point in your garden day and night! The beautiful blue glass ball sparkles in the Sun during the day and automatically glows with solar-powered light at night. It sits atop a pedestal base accented with a colorful butterfly and a flowering vine. Every day, the sun radiates (sends out) an enormous amount of energy. It radiates more energy each day than the world uses in one year. Solar energy is a renewable energy source. The sun’s energy comes from within the Sun itself. Like most stars, the Sun is made up mostly of hydrogen and helium atoms in a plasma state. The Sun generates energy from a process called nuclear fusion. During nuclear fusion, the high pressure and temperature in the Sun’s core cause nuclei to separate from their electrons. Hydrogen nuclei fuse to form one Helium atom. During the fusion process, radiant energy is released. It can take 150,000 years for energy in the Sun’s core to make its way to the solar surface, and then just a little over 8 minutes to travel the 93 million miles to Earth.
The radiant energy travels to the Earth at a speed of 186,000 miles per second / 300,000 kilometers per second, the speed of light. Only a small portion of the energy radiated by the Sun into space strikes the Earth, one part in two billion. Yet this amount of energy is enormous. The Sun provides more energy in an hour than the United States can use in a year. About 30 percent of the radiant energy that reaches the Earth is reflected back into space. About half of the radiant energy is absorbed by land and oceans. The rest is absorbed by the atmosphere and clouds in the greenhouse effect. In addition to supplying a large amount of energy directly, the Sun is also the source for many different forms of energy. Solar energy powers the water cycle, allowing us to harness the energy of moving water. Solar energy drives wind formation, allowing us to use wind turbines to transform kinetic energy into electricity. Plants use solar energy in the process of photosynthesis. Biomass can trace its energy source back to the sun. Even fossil fuels originally received their energy from the sun. Butterfly with Sparkling Solar Sphere Statue measures: 6 inches / 15 cm x 5 inches / 13 cm x 13 inches / 33 cm.
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