Our planet's closest star has captivated humans throughout history. A contradictory force, the sun sustains life on Earth but can also cause devastating damage through intense heat and UV radiation. Technological advances have allowed astronomers to learn more about the sun, including its magnetic fields, sunspots, and explosive solar flares. Readers discover how this star powers our planet as well as its cultural and historical significance, from ancient mythology to modern-day solar energy technology. Through the age-appropriate main text, enhanced by full-color photographs and informative graphic organizers, students gain an in-depth look at this natural marvel.