It’s impossible to switch off the sun. Neither can it disappear. Nevertheless, scientists know for sure what will happen to our planet if the sun stops shining.

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Here you’ll find a list of consequences that can follow.


#1 8 minutes and 20 seconds

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Astronauts on the International Space Station will be the first to see the sun is off. However, they’ll see it in 8 minutes and 20 seconds: it is the time sunlight needs to reach the Earth.
#2 No moonlight any more
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The moon reflects light from the sun and doesn’t shine by itself. So, we won’t be able see it in case the sun is off.
#3 The world temperature
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The world temperature will drop to freezing temperatures. In a week it’ll be -4F (-20С). In a year -94F (-70С).
#4 Life on Earth
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Plants are the first to suffer. They can’t exist without photosynthesis, which is impossible without the sun. All small plants will be dead in several weeks. Trees will live for several years. As for people, they can survive underground or deep in the World"s Ocean while the Earth"s core will be still hot.
#5 Gravitation
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If the sun disappears, nothing will keep planets in orbits. They will be drifting outside the solar system till they get under a stronger gravitational force of another object. Or until the moment they"ll crash into a large space object.
Generally, nobody will be happy without the sun. However, technically, satellite communication could work better under such circumstances and ground-based observatories could work round the clock.

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