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How will you react, when the sun is gone?

Asked by john65pennington (29235points) September 25th, 2010

Scientists tell us that the sun’s energy is half depleted. Like an automobile with only half a tank of gasoline. That the sun will become much larger and hotter as it begins to die out. Question: So, what are your plans for the upcoming sun event? By the way, the total depletion is scheduled for 5 billion years down the road. Are you worried?

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iamthemob's avatar

I think I’d be more worried if I were worried.

Katexyz's avatar

Terrified, that totally interferes with my plans for immortality. What good is living forever if all I do is bump into every table, chair, and desk and step on every lego in the world? We should, as a species, get together and put all the Energizer batteries we can into the sun, because they keep going and going and going and going and going…

john65pennington's avatar

Katexyz, great answer.

Coloma's avatar

Yep, even the sun will die. To borrow the title from Eckhart Tolles book.

I think mankind has a lot more to worry about in the next 5 billion years than the sun burning out. lol

chyna's avatar

It would be cold.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Yeah, that’ll kinda piss me off.

erichw1504's avatar

I will bid ado to our great Sun, then float around space for a while since it had grown so large it demolished Earth.

Katexyz's avatar

Why thank you. I truly hope that humanity can get on that plan of batteries for me, cause after you’re all long dead, I can still remember you fondly and enjoy what was. The main problem I foresee is I will be the only one remaining after our technological overlords gain supremacy, and logically they too would evolve considerably within that 5 billion years. This leaves me as the only remaining human to do ALL the labour, and I am just not interested in that position. Methinks immortality requires a bit more consideration before I put it into effect.

Austinlad's avatar

From “Annie Hall” ...

Doctor in Brooklyn: Why are you depressed, Alvy?
Alvy’s Mom: Tell Dr. Flicker.
[Young Alvy sits, his head down – his mother answers for him]
Alvy’s Mom: It’s something he read.
Doctor in Brooklyn: Something he read, huh?
Alvy at 9: [his head still down] The universe is expanding.
Doctor in Brooklyn: The universe is expanding?
Alvy at 9: Well, the universe is everything, and if it’s expanding, someday it will break apart and that would be the end of everything!
Alvy’s Mom: What is that your business?
[she turns back to the doctor]
Alvy’s Mom: He stopped doing his homework!
Alvy at 9: What’s the point?
Alvy’s Mom: What has the universe got to do with it? You’re here in Brooklyn! Brooklyn is not expanding!
Doctor in Brooklyn: It won’t be expanding for billions of years yet, Alvy. And we’ve gotta try to enjoy ourselves while we’re here!

Winters's avatar

Well, looks like I’ll have to find another star to feed off of.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I’d ask my niece to give back the fur coat that I loaned to her mother.

marinelife's avatar

I am not worried. There is enough stuff to worry about without worrying about the sun going.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I’d be so upset I’d probably just die.

Brian1946's avatar

Scientists currently believe that the dying Sun will eventually envelope the Earth with its 10,000ยบ gases.
I will react by becoming vaporized.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Whew… I thought at first you said five million.

jerv's avatar

I am not terribly worried. The way I see it, by the time that happens, science will have advanced to the point where humanity will have developed space travel and colonized other star systems that won’t be going nova for quite a while after old Sol has outlived it’s fuel supply.

Cruiser's avatar

It will be a marvelous night for a moondance….

Seek's avatar

I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if humans were not entirely extinct long before that time comes. A lot can happen in five billion years.

Frenchfry's avatar

Has anyone seen the last Highlander movie? Well in that movie the Highlander guy build a artifical sun and we live in a bubble. I have no clue why I thought of that.

Seek's avatar

@Frenchfry Funny, it made me think of “The Fountain”, where an immortal Hugh Jackman lives with the Tree of Life in a bubble, flying through space looking for his version of Heaven.

I’ve gotta track down the book that movie is based on… I love that movie but I feel like I’m not getting the whole story.

Otto_King's avatar

@Cruiser I think there wont be any moondance either, since the moon is reflecting the sun’s light back… It would be pitchblack. :)

JilltheTooth's avatar

Oh, @Otto_King , you’re no fun.

Otto_King's avatar

Ok then, there would be moondance… :)

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Otto_King: Thank You. Much better.

chyna's avatar

I’m being followed by a moon shadow, moon shadow, moon shadow…

Ron_C's avatar

I guess I will start worrying after I live another 3 billion years. I think I’ll just put off my concern until then.

Right now, I can’t seem to remember where I put my watch.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

You see how it can be sometimes, @Otto_King. If you give an answer that’s accurate but unpopular you won’t win much lurve. GA on the pitch black. (Although I also appreciated @Cruiser‘s “moondance”.) It’ll be a marvelous night, for sure, in the old Solar System neighborhood. I’m sure crime statistics will skyrocket, if there are any criminals left to take advantage of permanent night. And the rest of us will be stuck working the night shift, night in and night out.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Note to self: sell the Coppertone® stock before the sun is turned off.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer : But not too soon! Price per share will go way up as Sol expands. Wait for just the right moment.

Otto_King's avatar

@CyanoticWasp It wouldn’t be so much crime, because without sun the temperature would be on the Earth around minus 250 degrees Celsius… Just to keep up my style…

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I got that. And I wasn’t being too serious, just to keep up my own.

Coloma's avatar

The sun is gone right now and I am reacting just fine, it’s called ‘night.’ lol

woodcutter's avatar

big rocks have hit the earth since there has been a sun. It would be foolish to think the inhabitants of earth will be here to witness the sun scorch the earth and go out.

Berserker's avatar

I’m pretty sure I’ll be dead by then. And even if not, when there’s no Sun left, you can’t really react to that since we can’t live without it.

chocolatechip's avatar


Can I just have one more moondance with you (before the sun goes out)?

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