How many basketballs can we fit into the sun?

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How many basketballs can you fit in the Sun? And how do we understand really really big numbers?

Today we will be calculating the true size of the giant ball of gas in the centre of our Solar System in an exercise in numbers and orders of magnitude.

On this episode of Huh? Science Explained, Evrim Yazgin crunches the numbers on big balls of space gas, and how humans makes sense of numbers with lots of zeroes.

Huh? Science Explained is a LiSTNR production.

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