What Would Earth Be Like Without the Sun – How Long Could Life On Earth Survive With No Sun?

Date: 2020-03-04 01:03:24

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? If you’re like a lot of people, you might go to the nearest window, open the blinds, and let the morning sunshine warm your face. There’s nothing quite like the Sun’s rays to brighten your day and get you started off right.

Exactly what would happen if the Sun suddenly disappeared? Or what would we do if the Sun suddenly went out?

Anything in orbit around the Sun is basically moving fast enough to be in a constant state of freefall towards it. If the planets, for example, suddenly stopped moving they would immediately be pulled towards the Sun and fall into it.

So, let’s imagine that, due to some unknown reason, our Sun suddenly vanished. In this instance all the planets, asteroids, comets and whatever else would retain their forward motion. Therefore, rather than fall towards the now nonexistent Sun, they would fly off in a straight line into space.