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mssamayray's avatar

do you think the sun is really going to burn out?

Asked by mssamayray (103points) March 7th, 2008 from iPhone

just wondering your thoughts.

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8lightminutesaway's avatar

It will eventually. However its safe to say that is bajillions of years away so no worries mate, you won’t live to see it :)

mssamayray's avatar

hah. true true.
it’s still scary to think of though.

swisschese's avatar

the sun will burn out, and possibly when it super novas it could create a black hole that could suck in our solar system maby the galxy if it merges with the black hole in the center of the galxy

annaott22's avatar

not in my life time. Hopefully. Fingers crossed!

TrenchMouth's avatar

It will burn out. It is probably not massive enough to become a black hole. It will destroy the inner planets when it dies. I am over it, and so too should you be. It has already done it once before. By most estimates that are taken seriously, it is likely a second or third generation star. Which is nice.

Besafe's avatar

The fate of the sun is unknowable – science cannot say with certainty what will happen because we do not know if some outside influence will change the decay observed. the same is true of it’s beginning – science cannot prove how it came into existence.

jcs007's avatar

It’s gonna happen.

And when it does, we’re all dead.

Spargett's avatar

Do you really think it isn’t going to burn out?

That would be far wilder than the previous statement.

Evert's avatar

It will burn out, in 5 billion years, which is roughly the same amount that the Earth has existed (in some form). I you can remember that period, or actually imagine how long ago that was, you a Sun burn out may worry you. But otherwise, nah, too long: just think how many generations of people that is…
And no, it’s way too small to go supernova, let alone create a black hole (most supernovae don’t create black holes anyway)
TrenchMouth: when you so ‘it has already done it once before’, I assume you refer to the fact that there probably was a different star (or more, actually) roughly at the place where our current Solar system formed?
Actually, second/third generation just means that there have been other stars elsewhere before, that may have helped creating our Sun, through eg supernova shock waves etc. Such things can be deduced looking at the components which make up a star, that for a 2nd/3rd generation star would include some stuff that isn’t found in 1st generation stars.
All in all, our Sun is pretty unique, even it dies (snuff) in 5 billion years.

TrenchMouth's avatar

@Evert: yes, that is what I mean. It isnt that the same star goes nova and recreates itself but rather that it is a byproduct of another star death. It is rather spectacular to imagine if indeed that is what happened. From my understanding, the indicators for 2nd/3rd generation stars is the existence of heavier elements like the iron in our earths core.

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