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

Hits: 34664 | Rating: (3.4) | Category: Science | Added by: fancylad
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Vedith
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 111 Posts
Friday, October 30, 2009 1:18:42 PM
This is amazing. We are so small. Think about how small a person is compared to the sun. 0.o

HerColdHands
Female, 18-29, Western US
 475 Posts
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 3:47:12 PM
That picture is beautiful.

k10josumm
Male, 18-29, Western US
 432 Posts
Tuesday, October 06, 2009 1:34:38 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

Skreshavik
Female, 18-29, Western US
 1288 Posts
Monday, October 05, 2009 7:13:53 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.


hudaman
Male, 18-29, Canada
 32 Posts
Monday, October 05, 2009 3:28:46 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.

zekumi
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 402 Posts
Monday, October 05, 2009 3:12:14 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.


plurr4all
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 154 Posts
Monday, October 05, 2009 2:13:28 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?

jedimonk
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 189 Posts
Monday, October 05, 2009 10:17:49 AM
YOUR FACE IS NOTHING! don't talk about my planet, dude.

yoshi_glover
Male, 13-17, Canada
 77 Posts
Monday, October 05, 2009 5:51:34 AM
Yeah.....we are buggered!

Samsonite219
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 707 Posts
Monday, October 05, 2009 1:15:24 AM
who cares

Haushinka
Female, 18-29, Southern US
 84 Posts
Monday, October 05, 2009 12:45:03 AM
I just spent 15 minutes trying to understand Dakkar's comments...

msieg007
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2171 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 10:33:02 PM
Dakkar... I love you.

Dakkar
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1263 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:24:15 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.


Dakkar
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1263 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:13:52 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.


Dakkar
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1263 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:10:01 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.


lizbian_2
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 185 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 7:53:09 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.


Dfaulted
Male, 13-17, Canada
 1932 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 7:29:10 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

iKit5
Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 355 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 2:06:26 PM
Sana124:

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


OMGitsJASON
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 178 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 1:47:38 PM
imagine that there are stars that make the sun look like an ant! now that would f us up!!

krabkat
Female, 18-29, Western US
 956 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 11:02:37 AM
wow, way to make a person feel insignificant!

LithiumOne
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 153 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 9:37:45 AM
"Ever hear of VV Cephi?"
No, but I've heard of VV CEPHEI..

domisgood
Male, 18-29, Europe
 5786 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:35:17 AM
...that thing would fcuk us up so badly

madest
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6464 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:23:12 AM
"Ever heard of VY Canis Majoris?"
yeah
Ever hear of VV Cephi?

SilverThread
Male, 30-39, Western US
 3377 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:03:08 AM
Next we'll see a size comparison of Uranus and Goatse.

smartbomb314
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 1222 Posts
Sunday, October 04, 2009 6:58:26 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


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