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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
    18502 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:41 am
    Link: Earth/Sun Comparison w/Solar Flare for Scale - Just in case you were wondering, the earth is nothing.
  2. Profile photo of a1butcher
    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    October 3, 2009 at 7:43 am
    Can anyone see that devils face in the flare, creepy man.
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    nonamewillfi Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2009 at 7:45 am
    thats pretty intense
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    mikhaillost Female 70 & Over
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    October 3, 2009 at 7:45 am
    Ahhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhh!!!! AHHHHH! Oh my god. We`re doomed! AHHHHH! -goes on a bloody rampage of killing and cannibalism-
  5. Profile photo of Solvent
    Solvent Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 7:45 am
    We truly are nothing in the eyes of the cosmos.
  6. Profile photo of Saskuel
    Saskuel Male 13-17
    343 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:48 am
    Small world, eh?
  7. Profile photo of dm2754
    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    October 3, 2009 at 7:49 am
    nice repost
  8. Profile photo of apermal
    apermal Male 18-29
    322 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:49 am
    Looks like a small mole next to a large pimple. That`s in its first milliseconds of popping.
  9. Profile photo of Luniz82
    Luniz82 Male 18-29
    588 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:50 am
    Cool
  10. Profile photo of iplaymusic
    iplaymusic Male 18-29
    292 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:50 am
    were screwed
  11. Profile photo of Alanda
    Alanda Female 18-29
    295 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:51 am
    wow, I don`t know whether to feel amazed or feel inanely insignificant...
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    theskinsfan Female 18-29
    49 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:55 am
    well that`s just ridiculous.
  13. Profile photo of reor
    reor Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2009 at 7:56 am
    Supposedly we have a unusually normal sun that doesn`t have these gigantic flares as frequently as others
  14. Profile photo of Holly69
    Holly69 Female 18-29
    250 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:57 am
    mmm spicy meat ball
  15. Profile photo of shunpo_31
    shunpo_31 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 8:18 am
    both, alanda.
  16. Profile photo of Enchilada
    Enchilada Female 70 & Over
    931 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 8:21 am
    lmao, we are.
  17. Profile photo of BlankTom
    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2009 at 8:30 am
    omg,, the sun is much bigger than the earth!!! I haven`t been shown that thousands of times before.
  18. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 8:40 am
    Yep. The sun is bigger than the Earth. So what?
  19. Profile photo of SLC77
    SLC77 Male 13-17
    570 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 8:41 am
    geez, imagine if all that fire just engulfed earth. thatd be an awesome way for the world to end
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
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    October 3, 2009 at 8:46 am
    a1butcher
    Male, 40-49, Canada
    1193 Posts Saturday, October 03, 2009 7:43:43 AM
    Can anyone see that devils face in the flare, creepy man.
    ------------------------------------------------
    Yes I can, I can also see Elvis, the Virgin mary, and Micheal Jacksons nose slowly melting in the heat
  21. Profile photo of crazyjelly
    crazyjelly Male 13-17
    74 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 8:49 am
    2012!!!!!!!!!@!@!@!@!!@1SHIFTONE!@!!
  22. Profile photo of shinu
    shinu Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 9:04 am
    Shopped >_>
  23. Profile photo of twigglepuff
    twigglepuff Female 13-17
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    October 3, 2009 at 9:10 am
    "geez, imagine if all that fire just engulfed earth. thatd be an awesome way for the world to end"


    Actually that will be the way the Earth will end(if we don`t blow it up ourselves first) As the sun reaches the end of its life, and because it is a star, and stars expand as they die, the sun will consume Mercury and Venus and will either eat the Earth too, or just burn it to a crisp...

  24. Profile photo of lukas1051
    lukas1051 Male 18-29
    3428 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 9:24 am
    We`re f-cked.
  25. Profile photo of Devin88
    Devin88 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 9:30 am
    I can see my house from there!
  26. Profile photo of iplaymusic
    iplaymusic Male 18-29
    292 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 9:43 am
    the earth is way smaller in comparison
  27. Profile photo of Cataclism0
    Cataclism0 Male 18-29
    212 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 9:45 am
    "Actually that will be the way the Earth will end(if we don`t blow it up ourselves first) As the sun reaches the end of its life, and because it is a star, and stars expand as they die, the sun will consume Mercury and Venus and will either eat the Earth too, or just burn it to a crisp..."

    but that heat will probably warm mars and other moons, possibly making them inhabitable

  28. Profile photo of SuperSmash
    SuperSmash Male 18-29
    3758 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 9:47 am
    "We truly are nothing in the eyes of the cosmos."

    On the other hand, without beings like us (including the other sentient beings that are somehwere out there), the universe might as well never had existed. Who would know?

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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 9:50 am
    agree @ lukas1051

    also, in a billion years or so, the sun will blast into a supernova and f`king mess earth up

  30. Profile photo of ohthedrama
    ohthedrama Male 30-39
    162 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 9:58 am
    Our sun is not so big. There are stars out there so big a solar flare from them would eat our solar system
  31. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
    5316 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:01 am
    wow, i didn`t know we were that close
  32. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 10:01 am
    *sarcasm*
  33. Profile photo of jav805
    jav805 Male 18-29
    104 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:04 am
    Wow.
    I can`t wait for December 13th, 2012. That way, when we wake up that morning we can go outside and look at the sun and feel it`s warmth. )-|
  34. Profile photo of lukas1051
    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 10:07 am
    I find it quite funny some people actually believe in the whole 2012 thing, it is however good for a laugh.
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    Cajun247 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 10:17 am
    yeep
  36. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 10:17 am
    Our Sun is not big at all, its just we are so tiny. I mean even the IAB planet is bigger than us
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:18 am
    "Our sun is not so big. There are stars out there so big a solar flare from them would eat our solar system"

    Completely agree with you pal

  38. Profile photo of flipNhigh
    flipNhigh Male 18-29
    194 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:18 am
    @jav805
    its actualy December 21th, 2012
  39. Profile photo of Sahjan
    Sahjan Female 13-17
    213 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:35 am
    "I find it quite funny some people actually believe in the whole 2012 thing, it is however good for a laugh."

    Well if some of Nostradamus` other predictions came true, who`s to say this one won`t? =S

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    Pyrosisflame Male 18-29
    592 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:39 am
    boom baby
  41. Profile photo of steve17
    steve17 Male 13-17
    155 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:53 am
    `Well if some of Nostradamus` other predictions came true, who`s to say this one won`t? =S`
    um because the insane 2012 theories are about the mayan calender and not Nostradamus at all
  42. Profile photo of ferdyfred
    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13602 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:58 am
    Talking of 2012, whens the film coming out?
  43. Profile photo of defiythelie
    defiythelie Male 18-29
    230 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 11:02 am
    @steve. the whole 2012 thing is not just the mayan calender. It also has to do with the position of the earth at or around that time, we will go thru "the dark riff" witch is an arm of the black hole in the center of our galaxy.
  44. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7425 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 11:02 am
    its hilarious/scary that one of those larger solar flares sends out enough energy to end us in the blink of an eye by knocking aside our magnetic shields on dirtect impact
  45. Profile photo of KOLLO
    KOLLO Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 11:06 am
    we are so owned.
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    sweetrebelnc Female 18-29
    847 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 11:09 am
    shinu, no poo its shopped, do u really think were that close to the sun?
  47. Profile photo of mr_c_bowler
    mr_c_bowler Male 18-29
    301 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 11:14 am
    wanna know what i think about 2012. i think it will be exactly the same as when the year 2000 rolled around. massive panic. then nothing. either that, or that will be the date that a scientist discovers the virus that makes zombies, then the zombie apocalypse will be what kills us. nothing more, nothing less
  48. Profile photo of blacksteel
    blacksteel Male 13-17
    138 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 11:22 am
    We have already made it through some of the MOST, I repeat, MOST POWERFUL solar flares, and came through them unscathed. I want to know who started this 2012 B.S. so I can piss on there grave. Hopefully, it`ll be be cloudly.
  49. Profile photo of simim23
    simim23 Female 18-29
    1429 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 11:23 am
    ""I find it quite funny some people actually believe in the whole 2012 thing, it is however good for a laugh."

    Well if some of Nostradamus` other predictions came true, who`s to say this one won`t? =S"

    A coin toss, maybe. Or rolling a die. Because there`s just about as much probability to Nostradamus` claims as there is to anything else.

    Also, the "theory" that Einstein backed in the 1920`s has been debunked and re-modified. If they can`t even use a supportable theory for the basis of their apocalypse... DX

    I`m having a 12-23-12 party at my house: hookers and ice c-c-cream.

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    MrTwidget Male 30-39
    795 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 11:27 am
    Now if they only showed an accurate distance from the Sun. 2012 is the 11 year mark when the sun "acts up" and gets fussy. The odds of a solar flare hitting us directly and causing worldwide destruction: about 1 in 1,000,000,000. Just saying..
  51. Profile photo of OmgZelda
    OmgZelda Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 11:40 am
    "wanna know what i think about 2012. i think it will be exactly the same as when the year 2000 rolled around. massive panic. then nothing. either that, or that will be the date that a scientist discovers the virus that makes zombies, then the zombie apocalypse will be what kills us. nothing more, nothing less"

    That is, unless you have a zombie survival kit. Then you will survive.

  52. Profile photo of CoffeeDiiva
    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
    1605 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm
    for those of you that want to see the BS side of 2012, watch Penn & Teller`s bullpoo episode on it
  53. Profile photo of CoffeeDiiva
    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
    1605 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm
    haha, it just noticed I spelled bullsh** and IAB turned the word into bullpoo..
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    freshjonng Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    Reach out and touch space
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 12:07 pm
    "2012 is the 11 year mark when the sun "acts up" and gets fussy."

    I just love that description. You just want to go and make silly comics about the sun being a selfish whiney little attention whore after hearing that! XD

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    taylor_stone Male 30-39
    2688 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    On Dec 21 2012, the sun will be resting in a clear part of the galaxy, which could lead to more solar radiation hitting Earth and more chance of being hit by solar storms. I highly doubt it will be the end of the world, but we`ll definitely feel effects of the altered celestial positioning. (We may even experience SUMMER weather in the dead of winter)
  57. Profile photo of britt566
    britt566 Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm
    2012 is nothing like 2000.

    Was the year 2000 carried on for thousands of years? Did it have anything at all to do with the world ending?

  58. Profile photo of Gn0m3
    Gn0m3 Male 18-29
    421 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    lol, now everyone try and explain this to the Flat Earth Society. i dare you.
  59. Profile photo of bored-am-I
    bored-am-I Male 30-39
    785 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    Since this was so popular, I will now find and post an Earth/Sun/Everything-Else-Post, which probably will be a repost, but Hey! I`m only human.
  60. Profile photo of akabane
    akabane Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm
    shopped
  61. Profile photo of Zaneo
    Zaneo Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm
    @akabane
    If you aren`t being sarcastic, I have given up all hope on the internet.
  62. Profile photo of Taipan
    Taipan Male 18-29
    156 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    "2012 is nothing like 2000.
    Was the year 2000 carried on for thousands of years? Did it have anything at all to do with the world ending?"

    thank you, once this date comes closer ppl are going to be like well what about y2k and past theroies like that, well those didnt have as much compiling evidence as the 2012 apocolypse. its just kind of odd how civilizations all over the world with no contact with each other all point to the same date saying a large event will happen

  63. Profile photo of Windrider15
    Windrider15 Male 13-17
    656 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    so basically a poof of firey death could wipe us all out in one go....

    thats comforting...

  64. Profile photo of SuperSmash
    SuperSmash Male 18-29
    3758 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    For anyone who believes in 2012 thing, please deposit your money into my bank account sometime before then because you obviously won`t be needing it.
  65. Profile photo of Linkenberger
    Linkenberger Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    "thank you, once this date comes closer ppl are going to be like well what about y2k and past theroies like that, well those didnt have as much compiling evidence as the 2012 apocolypse. its just kind of odd how civilizations all over the world with no contact with each other all point to the same date saying a large event will happen"

    What do the years 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975, 1994, 2000, 2008, a whole crapload of dates from the 1800s, and 2012 all have in common? According to a lot of respectable people, the world would end on every one of those years. Go back to watching zeitgeist, I`ll see you in 2013.

  66. Profile photo of Joolin
    Joolin Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm
    Of course f.cking morons are going to misinterpret that picture. It doesn`t mean that the sun is gonna swallow up the earth. It means that the sun is unfathomably gigantic. What it doesn`t show (probably because the creators assumed a bit more intelligence from the viewer) is that the sun is also unfathomably far away. The only way people can be affected by a solar flare is if they happen to be in a spacecraft without proper radiation shielding.
  67. Profile photo of Joolin
    Joolin Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    As for 2012, I think something will happen. Not a natural phenomenon, not some ancient prophecy coming true, nothing supernatural. I think in 2012, a bunch of crazed brainwashing cults are gonna make themselves known in some kind of ridiculous way, whether it be mass suicide, riots, massacres, things of that nature. On January 1st 2013, there will be a lot of dead people in the streets next to a lot of burned out buildings but it will be all by the hands of humans.
  68. Profile photo of lilhawk2892
    lilhawk2892 Male 13-17
    221 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm
    would you all shutup about y2k.. y2k didnt even EXIST before the technological age. and it was a bug. it wasnt going to destroy the world. all you had to do was change your computer clock.. and by then most new computer were already prepared for the change.
  69. Profile photo of Joolin
    Joolin Male 18-29
    1003 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm
    "Now if they only showed an accurate distance from the Sun. "

    Unfortunately in that case the Sun would be the size of a period, the page would be many miles long, and the Earth would be the size of a hydrogen atom.

  70. Profile photo of mrpuddle
    mrpuddle Male 18-29
    385 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    To answer you question ladys...somthing like that.
  71. Profile photo of Cailin
    Cailin Female 18-29
    97 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 3:41 pm
    Wow.. earth is SMALL!
  72. Profile photo of ZackDark
    ZackDark Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    Actually, Earth is even smaller than that. That would be Earth compared to maybe Neptune, but never the Sun.
  73. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    October 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    What a load of BS, that`s like 7 mm, the Earth is MUCH bigger than that! Pretty sure the sun is too. How could we all stand on Earth if it was only 7mm across!?

    Or maybe they meant `Relative size of Earth`...

  74. Profile photo of RVIsh
    RVIsh Male 18-29
    251 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm
    @Lionhart2

    Are you kidding me, the Earth is tiny! Have you ever been able to see the Earth with the naked eye?

  75. Profile photo of Piepig
    Piepig Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm
    Mhm.
  76. Profile photo of coldCanuck
    coldCanuck Male 13-17
    296 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm
    Yeah, if the sun was that big the earth wuld be more liek a grain of salt then that big, who ever did that comparison was wwaaaayyyy off.
  77. Profile photo of shivinski
    shivinski Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm
    i am bored logo is bigger than earth
  78. Profile photo of teiso
    teiso Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 6:58 pm
    Uh... yeah? Didn`t everyone else learn that the sun is much, much bigger than the Earth in primary school?
  79. Profile photo of Fritolicious
    Fritolicious Male 18-29
    199 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    Ever heard of VY Canis Majoris?
  80. Profile photo of BunnyNaku
    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    burnt to crispies
  81. Profile photo of MrBowserPuff
    MrBowserPuff Male 13-17
    275 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm
    "Uh... yeah? Didn`t everyone else learn that the sun is much, much bigger than the Earth in primary school? "

    What is primary school? Is it like elementary school?

  82. Profile photo of Piglet101
    Piglet101 Female 13-17
    23 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 8:02 pm
    Yea it is Primary school in Australia and Elementry in US
  83. Profile photo of draquoir
    draquoir Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm
    I so wish we were able to live on the Sun.
  84. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2009 at 8:56 pm
    I so wish we were able to live on the Sun.

    You go for it. Tell us how it shakes out.

  85. Profile photo of Lucifur
    Lucifur Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 9:07 pm
    Heck, our solar system is small, even the distance to the stars we see are small - under 100,000 light years... the truly vast distances are intergalactic.
  86. Profile photo of MrAnonymous
    MrAnonymous Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 9:46 pm
    you should see the suns size compared to some other planets discovered out of our solar system.
  87. Profile photo of blubonx6
    blubonx6 Female 18-29
    116 posts
    October 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm
    Wow! We are very tiny.
  88. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2009 at 11:08 pm
    We are tinier than the sun`s burps.

    ...Nah, I still don`t get that whole existential crisis everyone is talking about these days.

  89. Profile photo of vicious_liar
    vicious_liar Male 13-17
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    October 4, 2009 at 12:40 am
    If the sun decides to throw up over us, don`t worry, you wouldn`t even feel a thing, Solar flares travel pretty fast and would evaporate the earth in less than a second.
  90. Profile photo of lukas1051
    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 3:47 am
    If the sun decides to throw up over us, don`t worry, you wouldn`t even feel a thing, Solar flares travel pretty fast and would evaporate the earth in less than a second.

    ------

    Wow, that`s err... nice to know.

  91. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 6:25 am
    Now if that`s the size of the earth compared to the sun, how big are humans compared to the sun?
  92. Profile photo of smartbomb314
    smartbomb314 Male 13-17
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    October 4, 2009 at 6:58 am
    ok HOLD UP.
    the earth cant be drating smaller then tha sun if they just fit a picture of tha sun on it like it did jus now.

    yall stop ya bitchin

  93. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2009 at 8:03 am
    Next we`ll see a size comparison of Uranus and Goatse.
  94. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    October 4, 2009 at 8:23 am
    "Ever heard of VY Canis Majoris?"
    yeah
    Ever hear of VV Cephi?
  95. Profile photo of domisgood
    domisgood Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 8:35 am
    ...that thing would fcuk us up so badly
  96. Profile photo of LithiumOne
    LithiumOne Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 9:37 am
    "Ever hear of VV Cephi?"
    No, but I`ve heard of VV CEPHEI..
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    krabkat Female 18-29
    1263 posts
    October 4, 2009 at 11:02 am
    wow, way to make a person feel insignificant!
  98. Profile photo of OMGitsJASON
    OMGitsJASON Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    imagine that there are stars that make the sun look like an ant! now that would f us up!!
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    iKit5 Female 13-17
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    October 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm
    Sana124:

    IAB doesn`t click links.
    Especially with an obscure explanation of the land beyond the link.
    -does not click-

  100. Profile photo of Dfaulted
    Dfaulted Male 13-17
    1920 posts
    October 4, 2009 at 7:29 pm
    "imagine that there are stars that make the sun look like an ant! now that would f us up!!"
    Are you joking? The sun is just a medium sized star, the large ones are like 10 times the size
  101. Profile photo of lizbian_2
    lizbian_2 Female 18-29
    185 posts
    October 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm
    It is estimated by astronomers that the sun will be much larger in about a billion years (or was it 10 billion?), as stars usually do expand overtime. So in a billion years or so the Earth will, more-than-likely, be consumed by the sun. The sun will have expanded past the orbit of Earth. I`m no astronomer, but my argument is - why doesn`t the Earth`s orbit grow with the sun instead of being consumed by it?

    Hummm, it`s interesting.

  102. Profile photo of Dakkar
    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 8:10 pm
    Gotta correct your statements lizbian. The Sun will only grow to a massive size once its hydrogen burning cycle is complete, which should be in about 4-5 billion years. However, it is unlikely that it will expand to Earth during its helium burning phase. After it consumes its helium and before its proceeds to fuse to carbon, it should grow in size again, and that will likely expand past the orbit of the Earth.

    Interestingly, this will likely be of no consequence, because as the Sun depletes its hydrogen, its luminosity is increasing slightly. On time-scales shorter than its hydrogen burning phase, we should see the Earth leave the habitable zone. It will undergo a runaway greenhouse effect, like Venus, once the oceans boil off. This will roughly occur in 100 million to 1 billion years and will inevitably end all life if it hasn`t already occurred.

  103. Profile photo of Dakkar
    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 8:13 pm
    Second point, the orbit of the Earth is stable because the mass of the sun is stable. Regardless of its fuel, by conservation of mass, the sun will roughly remain at its same mass. The only thing that could perturb Earth`s orbit is a collision, or a three body interaction. But the third body would have to be of a mass comparable to the sun to really have an effect on the orbit.

    The most uplifting part of it all is that all the catastrophic events are well into the future. If man was able to accomplish all we have in 2000 years, given even 10,000 years we will be able to visit other systems in the Milky Way. Long live the exponential increase in human knowledge and technology.

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    Dakkar Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 8:24 pm
    And just one more to let my ego run wild. Links and comment pages like this are another reason I am very happy to be majoring in Astrophysics.

    2012 comments are among my favorite. "I read what a blogger wrote about 2012 when I searched Google, and he cited some dude with a Dr. in front of his name." Absolutely nothing of astronomical significance will occur in December of 2012. Nothing. Ever.

    By the way, don`t see the movie. Its just a lame-ass attempt by the very same director of Day After Tomorrow to siphon your money with shock value. Send that bastard to the poor house.

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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm
    Dakkar... I love you.
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    Haushinka Female 18-29
    83 posts
    October 5, 2009 at 12:45 am
    I just spent 15 minutes trying to understand Dakkar`s comments...
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    Samsonite219 Male 18-29
    703 posts
    October 5, 2009 at 1:15 am
    who cares
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    yoshi_glover Male 13-17
    76 posts
    October 5, 2009 at 5:51 am
    Yeah.....we are buggered!
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    jedimonk Male 18-29
    188 posts
    October 5, 2009 at 10:17 am
    YOUR FACE IS NOTHING! don`t talk about my planet, dude.
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    plurr4all Male 18-29
    153 posts
    October 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm
    Interesting to note how (in)significant we are in the grand scheme. There are 3 types of people: people who care and are humbled by it all, and people who care more about themselves, and people like Dakkar, who has a passion for it and getting a degree in something they love, how many of you are getting a degree following a passion?
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    zekumi Female 18-29
    400 posts
    October 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm
    @plurr4all:
    You forgot `people who are aware but don`t find means to care`.
    It doesn`t matter.

    ... Unless you can get a degree with it.

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    hudaman Male 18-29
    32 posts
    October 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    I`m putting a g-note on the earth. That big red dude is so big he`ll get tired fast and then the earth just has to give a few good shots and hes done.
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    Skreshavik Female 18-29
    1284 posts
    October 5, 2009 at 7:13 pm
    Monday, October 5, 2009 2:13:27 PM
    "Interesting to note how (in)significant we are in the grand scheme. There are 3 types of people: people who care and are humbled by it all, and people who care more about themselves, and people like Dakkar, who has a passion for it and getting a degree in something they love, how many of you are getting a degree following a passion?"

    I am, it`s called "conning the masses" *cough* banking *cough*

    Anyways, to stay on topic, that would suck to get in the way of.

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    k10josumm Male 18-29
    432 posts
    October 6, 2009 at 1:34 am
    i learned everything dakkar just said on the Discovery channel in the 8th grade and remembered it all haha i love this kinda stuff. you dont need a major in astrophysics to comprehend things like what he said.. it takes about 5 minutes of reading lol
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    HerColdHands Female 18-29
    471 posts
    October 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    That picture is beautiful.
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    Vedith Female 18-29
    111 posts
    October 30, 2009 at 1:18 pm
    This is amazing. We are so small. Think about how small a person is compared to the sun. 0.o

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