What Would Happen to our Earth if the Sun Disappeared?

An enormous magnetic loop filled with glowing-hot gas lifted off the Sun today. Astronomers call such events "prominences" -- they're caused by explosive instabilities within the Sun's tangled magnetic field. This one stretches about 50 Earth-diameters from one end to the other. An ultraviolet telescope onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory captured this spectacular view of the prominence at 13:19 UT on June 9th.
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The Sun is Earth’s source of heat, light and ultimately life. Without the Sun, our planet would definitely not be how we see it now. Listed below is a scientific timeline of what may happen if we lost our local star.


If the Sun were to completely disappear, Earth would not know about it for eight whole minutes. It takes the Sun’s light approximately eight minutes to travel the 92.96 million miles to Earth.

Without the Sun’s gravitational influence, the Earth would continue in one direction forever, at 67,062 Miles per Hour.

FullMoon2010 The sunlight would no longer reflect off the Moon, causing it to permanently go dark. The only light we would have at night would be the distant stars which are not nearly as bright.

Earth at night GIF image Man-made light would still be usable (from fossil fuels) allowing humans to still light up their permanent darkness.

After a Few Weeks

Photosynthesis would stop immediately, plants would die over the next few days and weeks, while larger trees would survive for years. There is enough Oxygen on the planet that humans and animals would still be able to breathe for thousands of years, after the smaller plants disappear.

earths-core-brimstone-670-1 Within one week, the planet would reach near freezing temperatures, the heat radiating from Earth’s core would still generate a little heat.

After the First Year

The average temperature on Earth would be – 100 degrees fahrenheit.

golden-circle-hot-springs At this point, Humans would have to move into underground bunkers or near geothermal active areas to survive.

After Two to Three Years

_50427800_snowball_earth-spl The surface of the Oceans would be frozen solid, however the bottom would remain liquid for billions of years, due to the ice insulating it and the hot thermal vents at the bottom of the ocean.


After Twenty to Thirty Years

The temperature would drop to the point that the atmosphere would begin to become liquid. The air would become clouds, then rain, then snow. It would be a slim chance that humans are still alive, but, with enough planning.

After a Billion Years

extremophile-1 With the ocean’s ice and the thermal vents at the bottom of the ocean still allowing the water to remain thawed, tiny microscopic creatures (extremophiles) are able to thrive.

The Earth would have traveled over 100,000 light years.

If the Earth is captured by the orbit of an alien star, it could have the potential to relive its life-cycle, allowing the microscopic organisms to evolve and potentially repeat the pattern.