For as long as humans have existed on this Earth, their various civilisations have developed religious beliefs surrounding the importance of the Sun. As time has passed, some of these early ideas have developed and established themselves into cultures of todays.
A number of religions and ethnic groups not only see significant in the sun itself but worship their own solar deities, or gods and goddess, who represent the Sun, or one of its features for example it’s strength, warmth and power.
Our infographic below looks at a variety of different solar deities, from the ancient Greek Sun God Helios who rode through the skies in his horse-led chariot to Aztec Huitzilopochtli, a fearsome blue warrior who wore hummingbird feathers on his head. How many of these sun gods and goddess have you heard of before?
Our latest infographic looks at some of the fastest things in the world – from outrageously fast cars, including the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport and the unofficial record holder the Hennessey Venom GT. As well as the rapid descent down the Insano waterslide in Brazil where you’ll travel forty one metres in less than five seconds, and the superfast JR Maglev train which races through the Japanese countryside at a grand speed of 373km per hour – faster even that the aptly named Shinkansen ‘bullet train’.
Whilst not everything on our list hits mind-boggling speeds, some are included as they are the fastest in their field, for example the Soviet submarine K-222 and of course the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is regarded as the fastest person ever timed.
At approximately 670 million mph, it is light (primarily from the Sun) that is undoubtedly the fastest thing in the world. Responsible for the human eye’s sense of sight, it allows us to fully enjoy the world around us – whether we are experiencing life at super speeds or not. Take a look at the infographic below to discover just how many times you could circumnavigate the globe in a second if you could travel at the speed of light!