Our star not only brings us light and life, it's also fascinated humans throughout history: we worshipped it as a god, tracked its passage across our skies, and tried to understand it and predict its behavior. Click on the images below to find out more about the cultural and historical aspects of our Sun.

Archaeoastronomy of the Americas.

Many cultures have built observatories in stone to track the Sun throughout the year The Sun appears in art, on flags, in songs, in poetry.

Sun symbols are perhaps the most common images in every culture.

The men and women of the National Solar Observatory/NOAO

operate the world's largest solar telescopes for AURA/NSF.

NASA is cooperating in international efforts to study the Sun more intensely than ever before through Solar Maximum...