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Subject: Sun Explodes
Category: Science
Asked by: kd0609-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 26 Nov 2006 12:21 PST
Expires: 26 Dec 2006 12:21 PST
Question ID: 785721
I am willing to pay $5.00 if someone can find me a flash animation of
the impacts (on the universe) if the sun explodes. It should also
include the stages of how the sun explodes

Thanks in advance

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 26 Nov 2006 12:28 PST
When you say "the sun," are you referring specifically to our sun, or
will images of other stars exploding meet your needs?

Request for Question Clarification by hedgie-ga on 26 Nov 2006 22:11 PST
Are you looking for sci-fi or results of some  serious computer simulation?

Clarification of Question by kd0609-ga on 27 Nov 2006 05:23 PST
Yes, i'm talking about our sun, a normal flash animation would do,

Request for Question Clarification by omnivorous-ga on 29 Nov 2006 13:32 PST
KD --

I've found one in *.mpg format.  Is that acceptable?

Best regards,


Clarification of Question by kd0609-ga on 30 Nov 2006 06:11 PST
i would prefer flash, as if i were to do a presentation on it, this
would be easier to explain

Clarification of Question by kd0609-ga on 30 Nov 2006 06:17 PST
About the stages of the sun "exploding" i'm looking for things genre 
- when  it has burned up its hydrogen reserves  goes into a red giant
then into a white dwarf etc

Thanks again for your help
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Sun Explodes
From: markvmd-ga on 26 Nov 2006 13:30 PST
It would have remarkably little effect on the universe. Indeed, so
common is sun death that the universe no longer publishes obituaries
for suns that die, even violently.
Subject: Re: Sun Explodes
From: qed100-ga on 26 Nov 2006 17:55 PST

   "The" Sun, our sun, will not explode due to its own internal
physics; it's not massive enough to suffer a catastrophic collapse as
its fusion fuel runs low. Instead, it'll become weaker in a gradual
manner over a very lengthy time. This means that in order for it to
explode (in a supernova-like manner?), it'd need some extraordinary
interference, and that agency would need to be specified in order to
begin to estimate the consequences of such an event.

   Now, if you're interested in the consequences of known
supernova-type explosions of stars in general having masses conducive
to such catastrophes, then we're in business.
Subject: Re: Sun Explodes
From: iang-ga on 27 Nov 2006 01:06 PST
As qed100 says, the sun isn't going to go supernova - you can find
some general animations here:-

When a supernova goes off it sends shock waves through space that can
trigger the formation of new stars - you might view that as having an
impact on the universe.  And then there's the formation of heavy
elements, which only happens in a supernova.  If it wasn't for a
supernova, you wouldn't be here asking about them!

Ian G.
Subject: Re: Sun Explodes
From: yehoshua-ga on 29 Nov 2006 10:44 PST
First off, there is no definate data on what triggers a super-nova,
only theories.  We estimate that our sun is not massive enough to do
this due to the study of our surrounding stars in the galaxy, and
which is probably correct...but not fact.  We cannot prove it because
the event itself takes millions of years to actually occur.

But the point to kd0609's question wasn't whether or not it would
explode, but what would it look like if it did.  He probably would
simply benefit from a more imaginative and creative flash animation
rather than the rules of physics defined right down to the pure math.
Subject: Re: Sun Explodes
From: qed100-ga on 29 Nov 2006 14:42 PST

   Yes, we understand that the OP wants to know "what if". The problem
is what I pointed out before: in order to estimate the Sun's behavior
as an exploding star, the mechanism of that explosion must be
Subject: Re: Sun Explodes
From: iang-ga on 29 Nov 2006 15:54 PST
The OP specified - "It should also
include the stages of how the sun explodes"

Ian G.
Subject: Re: Sun Explodes
From: zey-ga on 29 Nov 2006 22:34 PST
As qed100 comments, our Sun won't explode. It will, however, become a
Red Giant and expand to a size where its diameter is somewhere between
the current orbit of Earth and Mars. By this time, the Sun will have
expended enough of its own mass that the planets orbits themselves
will be a little further out, but, all of Earth's water will have been
boiled away.

While the Sun won't explode, it will shed some layers to produce
planetary nebula. That's probably about as close to explosion as the
Sun is likely to get.

Here's a useful image of the Sun's predicted life cycle:

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