Some Common Cents for September 26th 2014

A few weeks ago, my son asked me: “Dad, what do you think would happen if the sun exploded?” It was around sunset, and I had just said something along the lines of: “John, you know the sun has already set, don’t you? That light you see actually left the sun around 8 minutes ago or so.” So, his question to me wasn’t as bizarre as it might seem at first blush.

Further, according to the good folks in They Might Be Giants, the band not the movie, who correctly pointed out in the song “Why Does The Sun Shine”: “the sun is a mass of incandescent gas / a gigantic nuclear furnace / where hydrogen is built into helium / at a temperature of millions of degrees.” Is it really so hard to imagine the sun, a huge nuclear reactor, exploding? I mean one big coordinated, cataclysmic nuclear chain reaction, as opposed to the infinite, constant smaller ones? …Read On…

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