Earth/Sun Comparison w/Solar Flare for Scale [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago Science

Just in case you were wondering, the earth is nothing.
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Female 111
This is amazing. We are so small. Think about how small a person is compared to the sun. 0.o
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Female 471
That picture is beautiful.
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Male 431
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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Female 1,283
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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Male 32
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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Female 400
@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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Male 153
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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Male 188
YOUR FACE IS NOTHING! don`t talk about my planet, dude.
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Male 76
Yeah.....we are buggered!
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Male 703
who cares
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Female 83
I just spent 15 minutes trying to understand Dakkar`s comments...
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Male 2,034
Dakkar... I love you.
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Male 1,254
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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Male 1,254
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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Male 1,254
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.

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Female 185
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.

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Male 1,918
"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
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Female 355
Sana124:

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

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Male 177
imagine that there are stars that make the sun look like an ant! now that would f us up!!
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Female 1,260
wow, way to make a person feel insignificant!
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Male 153
"Ever hear of VV Cephi?"
No, but I`ve heard of VV CEPHEI..
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Male 4,867
...that thing would fcuk us up so badly
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Male 7,378
"Ever heard of VY Canis Majoris?"
yeah
Ever hear of VV Cephi?
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Male 3,431
Next we`ll see a size comparison of Uranus and Goatse.
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Male 1,220
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

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Male 2,551
Now if that`s the size of the earth compared to the sun, how big are humans compared to the sun?
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Male 3,425
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.

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

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Male 1,226
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.
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Female 15,763
We are tinier than the sun`s burps.

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

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Female 116
Wow! We are very tiny.
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Male 216
you should see the suns size compared to some other planets discovered out of our solar system.
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Male 15
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.
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Male 12,138
[quote]I so wish we were able to live on the Sun.[/quote]

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

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Male 1,051
I so wish we were able to live on the Sun.
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Female 23
Yea it is Primary school in Australia and Elementry in US
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Male 275
"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?

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Female 5,222
burnt to crispies
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Male 199
Ever heard of VY Canis Majoris?
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Female 673
Uh... yeah? Didn`t everyone else learn that the sun is much, much bigger than the Earth in primary school?
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Male 190
i am bored logo is bigger than earth
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Male 296
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.
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Male 1,523
Mhm.
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Male 251
@Lionhart2

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

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Male 8,302
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`...

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Male 299
Actually, Earth is even smaller than that. That would be Earth compared to maybe Neptune, but never the Sun.
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Female 97
Wow.. earth is SMALL!
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Male 385
To answer you question ladys...somthing like that.
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Male 1,002
"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.

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Male 221
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.
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Male 1,002
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.
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Male 1,002
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.
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Male 1,164
"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.

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Male 3,756
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.
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Male 656
so basically a poof of firey death could wipe us all out in one go....

thats comforting...

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Male 156
"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

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Male 32
@akabane
If you aren`t being sarcastic, I have given up all hope on the internet.
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Male 1,093
shopped
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Male 784
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.
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Male 420
lol, now everyone try and explain this to the Flat Earth Society. i dare you.
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Female 2,289
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?

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Male 2,688
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)
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Male 9,306
"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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Male 18
Reach out and touch space
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Female 1,604
haha, it just noticed I spelled bullsh** and IAB turned the word into bullpoo..
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Female 1,604
for those of you that want to see the BS side of 2012, watch Penn & Teller`s bullpoo episode on it
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Female 1,593
"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.

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Male 795
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..
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Female 1,427
""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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Male 138
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.
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Male 299
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
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Female 846
shinu, no poo its shopped, do u really think were that close to the sun?
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Female 395
we are so owned.
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Male 7,585
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
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Male 230
@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.
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Male 13,624
Talking of 2012, whens the film coming out?
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Male 155
`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
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Male 592
boom baby
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Female 213
"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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Male 194
@jav805
its actualy December 21th, 2012
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Male 15,510
"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

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Male 10,845
yeep
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Male 15,510
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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Male 3,425
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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Male 104
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. )-|
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Male 5,314
*sarcasm*
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Male 5,314
wow, i didn`t know we were that close
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Male 162
Our sun is not so big. There are stars out there so big a solar flare from them would eat our solar system
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Male 3,619
agree @ lukas1051

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

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Male 3,756
"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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Male 212
"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

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Male 292
the earth is way smaller in comparison
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Male 791
I can see my house from there!
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Male 3,425
We`re f-cked.
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Female 71
"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...

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Male 1,386
Shopped >_>
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Male 74
2012!!!!!!!!!@!@!@!@[email protected]!@!!
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Male 13,624
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.
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Yes I can, I can also see Elvis, the Virgin mary, and Micheal Jacksons nose slowly melting in the heat
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Male 569
geez, imagine if all that fire just engulfed earth. thatd be an awesome way for the world to end
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Male 10,440
Yep. The sun is bigger than the Earth. So what?
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Male 1,674
omg,, the sun is much bigger than the earth!!! I haven`t been shown that thousands of times before.
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Female 931
lmao, we are.
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Male 1,381
both, alanda.
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Female 250
mmm spicy meat ball
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Male 36
Supposedly we have a unusually normal sun that doesn`t have these gigantic flares as frequently as others
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Female 49
well that`s just ridiculous.
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Female 295
wow, I don`t know whether to feel amazed or feel inanely insignificant...
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Male 292
were screwed
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Male 587
Cool
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Male 322
Looks like a small mole next to a large pimple. That`s in its first milliseconds of popping.
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Male 3,578
nice repost
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Male 343
Small world, eh?
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Male 2,841
We truly are nothing in the eyes of the cosmos.
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Female 538
Ahhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhh!!!! AHHHHH! Oh my god. We`re doomed! AHHHHH! -goes on a bloody rampage of killing and cannibalism-
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Male 1,403
thats pretty intense
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Male 4,807
Can anyone see that devils face in the flare, creepy man.
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Male 19,868
Link: Earth/Sun Comparison w/Solar Flare for Scale [Pic] [Rate Link] - Just in case you were wondering, the earth is nothing.
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