|Can we survive on the sun?|
|Question Date: 2013-04-10|
Given the materials and technology available to
us today, we would probably not survive on the
sun. Conditions on the sun are quite extreme.
First of all, the temperature at its surface is
about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit -- we would
probably burn to a crisp almost instantly!
Furthermore, the gravity of the sun is about 28
times that of Earth's gravity; we would be crushed
by this! Also, the sun emits various kinds of
particles (protons, electrons) and radiation (UV)
that would do a lot of damage to our bodies.
Although few things are strictly impossible,
surviving on the sun is certainly impossible
today. First, the surface temperature of our sun
is about 6 000 degrees Celcius (10 000 F). That's
a bad start. After worrying about bursting into
flames, you'd have to worry about being crushed by
the gravity and atmosphere, dying from lack of
oxygen, and dying from all the high-energy
No, we cannot survive on the sun. The
temperature on the surface of the sun is hot
enough to ionize matter: the sun is made of
plasma. Molecules of any kind are broken apart and
the electrons stripped off of the nuclei of the
atoms. Because all life as we know it is composed
of molecules, the sun is utterly inhospitable to
any life that we are familiar with.
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