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Gravitational force between Earth and Sun is decreasing

According to one of the most famous equations in physics, i.e. $E=mc^2$, the mass of the Sun is decreasing as it emits energy. So there must be some kind of disturbance in planetary orbits, and if ...
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Flat-Earthers Claim: Crepuscular Rays $\implies$ the Sun is Close [on hold]

I have been trying for a couple of days to come up with a nice illustration of why crepuscular rays are not suggesting that the sun must be close to the earth, as flat-earthers claim. I made the ...
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Path of photon from Sun to earth unaltered?

I got into a discussion regarding the light from the Sun that reaches the Earth and whether it maintains the same path from the moment it was emitted to the point it is processed by our eyes. My ...
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Why does the sun have to be nearly fully covered to notice any darkening in an eclipse?

I was looking at eclipse footage and I noticed that it doesn't get any noticeably darker until the very end when it suddenly all the light is gone. As the moon blocks out the Sun, I would expect that ...
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Why is the Sun called an “average star”?

This is a statement (presumably in mass, longevity, energy output) many people that I've met have heard in school, and it is known in pop culture. However, according to Wikipedia, about 75% of the ...
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Can we observe solar p-p fusion reaction somehow on Earth?

What are the properties of proton+proton fusion reaction $p + p → 2H + e^+ + ν_e + 0.42 MeV$ making it hard to replicate on Earth? If we aim beam of protons to a can of water, won't we observe ...
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Generic Rayleigh effect experiment - nothing happens for water

On youtube, a bunch of Rayleigh scattering experiments (e.g this one are set up with some compound being added to water in order to invoke the effect. Why is there no Rayleigh effect for "pure" water?...
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Possible Safe Areas In a Solar Flare

Which part of the earth would be the safest in case of the major solar flare? Will it be near equator or something like that?
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How do those T-shirts that change color in the sun work?

When I was a kid, I asked my dad about them and he said (not in so many words) that it was because sunlight and artificial light have different spectrums and they picked colors that reflect only the ...
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Does the solar wind correspond to a net electrical current?

The solar wind is a stream of ions emitted from the sun. Are there more positive than negative charges released? That is, is there any imbalance in the charge emitted from the sun in the solar wind?
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As planets orbit around the Sun, does the force of gravity due to the Sun remain constant?

I know that the force of gravity is: $$F = GMm/R^2$$ Where $G$ is gravitational constant, $M$ is mass of sun, $m$ is mass of the orbiting planet and $R$ is the distance between the center of their ...
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The sun glows bright white, but what color of light does it reflect?

Basically if you take a gray iron bar, and heat it red hot, it would still reflect a dullish white light, even though all you could see is the red light it emits as radiation. In fact if you watch ...
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Gravity Sun Earth Moon [duplicate]

The gravitational pull the Sun has on the Moon is roughly two times greater than the pull the Earth has on the Moon. If this is the case, why does the Sun's gravity not pull the Moon away from the ...
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Why doesn't sunlight flicker like candle or flame torch?

Why sunlight appears constant and stable like sun is a bulb? If the surface of the sun and processes going in it are not completely uniform why don't we notice any flickering or non- uniformity in ...
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Measuring the size of the core of the sun with multiple neutrino detectors

Back in 1998, researchers at the Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector released this image: of the sun using their neutrino detector using approximately 500 days of data. This picture covered 90x90 ...
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Why doesn't the earth collide with the sun in 64 years?

According to another answer on this site, the time it takes for two bodies in space to collide can be computed with the following formula: $$\frac{\pi}{2\sqrt{2}}\frac{r_0^{3/2}}{\sqrt{G(M+m)}}$$ ...
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Does visible light heat things up?

During a sunny day the walls of my house warm up (no surprise). My question: how much of this warming up (if any) comes from visible light? I associate infrared with thermal energy. If my house was ...
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Diminishing solar temperature and its effects on earth

This is a hypothetical question; considering both the earth and the sun as black bodies. If the temperature of the sun decreased N times, what would be the effect on the radiation intensity received ...
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How far has Earth moved from its birth orbit?

It says earth is almost as old as 1/3 of the universe's age which would mean 4.5 billion years . So how far has earth moved towards or away from the sun in these 4.5 billion years? Now perfect ...
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Create a laser from sun light

I have read on wikipedia the basic theory behind laser. A photon passes through an excited electron which then produces the exact same photon. Light is bounced off mirrors to create more photons. Is ...
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How to derive equation for time it takes photons to diffuse through the Sun

I am wanting to use the Rosseland radiative heat flux equation to find the time it takes for photons to diffuse through the sun. The answer I am wanting to derive is: $$\tau_D~\frac{\rho \bar C_p R^...
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Color Temperature Variation of Sunlight

I want to know what is the Variation of the color temperature in Kelvin of Sunlight as viewed from the earth from Sunrise to Brightday to Noon to Sunset. Will there be any change in the color ...
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Experiments on the melting of snow?

When snow melts there are three main variables: the temperature of the air, the altitude of the sun, and the distance of the sun from the earth (which changes because the earth moves in an ellipse ...
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What causes the differential rotation of the Sun?

I have read the explanation in Wikipedia, but the problem is that because I'm a beginner in physics, I don't quite understand what more than half of the words mean! Here is the explanation from ...
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How much of Ultraviolet is cut out when Sun moves to the Horizon?

EDIT: Original question was whether or not we need to wear sunglasses when Sun is at the horizon. But it was confusing to many users whether it is on-topic or not. So the details are adjusted. From ...
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Why does moonlight have a lower color temperature?

Moonlight has a color temperature of 4100K, while sunlight has a higher color temperature of more than 5000K. But objects illuminated by moonlight don't look yellower to the eye. They look bluer. ...
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Spacetime Mercury vs Earth

What is the time dilatation of the planet Mercury compared to Earth? Can a person survive on the dark side of Mercury in the In the L2 position to Mercury and the Sun?
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Lead shielding very close to the Sun

I understand that eventually lead would melt when it nears the sun. In a liquid state how effective would lead be in blocking radiation? Would it still be as effective as solid state of lead? What ...
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Does solar eclipse have impact over increase of earth's temperature?

Does a solar eclipse have an impact on global temperature? Wired theory : When I jump, does the Earth recoil? Yes, the Earth has to move in some way for momentum to be conserved. However, since ...
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Energy potential of a cold sink inside the sun

An answer in this question discusses using a fusion engine in a theoretical spaceship within a star. http://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/37589/what-are-the-consequences-of-literal-...
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Can solar flares affect gravity?

Can a large eruption of solar flares on our sun change the effects of its gravity ever so slightly, and is it possible to measure these changes with the equipment we have today.
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Why is my shadow deformed and not the shadow of the ceiling? [duplicate]

Look at these two photos of my shadow from sunlight. Case 1: My shadow is separated from the shadow of the ceiling and my head is round. Case 2: But when I walk a little more and the shadow of my ...
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Strength of moonlight

So I read this xkcd, and thought it was kind of cool. However, I showed it to my engineer father and physics undergrad brother and neither seem to find the explanation very convincing (though they ...
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What do sun spots look like under the surface of the Sun? [closed]

Do sun spots float like oil, float around like a lava lamp, is it more like the tip of an ice burg or what?
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How to calculate apex angle of sun shining on the Earth

I'm trying to compare the brightness of various LEDs to the average brightness of natural daylight. LEDs are rated in terms of candelas whereas the Sun is measured in terms of lumens, so I need to ...
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Is climate change caused by humans? [closed]

Some people argue it is not because it is caused by solar cycles (sometimes the sun brights more than others thus increasing the Earth's temperature) and that the energy that $CO_2$ traps isn't enough ...
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How the sun can burn that long? [duplicate]

I suddenly became curious that why the sun doesn't burn out at once? What makes the sun burn gradually?
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Why is there ice at the Earth's poles? [duplicate]

I beg your pardon for such a silly question, but I've never really understood the explanation they gave in the Geography textbooks. If the slanting Sun's rays due to the Earth's axial tilt can cause ...
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Why are Lunar Eclipse more common than Solar Eclipse?

Why are Lunar Eclipse more common than Solar Eclipse? Chapter from Light My thoughts; Eclipse can only occur at new moon and moon orbit is inclined at an angle of about 5 degrees to the earth's ...
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Measuring Rotation of Sun

If the sun had a uniform surface (i.e., if there were no sunspots to look at), is there a practical way to measure its rotation? In other words, if some external force flipped the sun's spin suddenly,...
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How is sun's atmosphere (corona) hotter than the surface itself? [duplicate]

Through some research online, I found out that the sun's corona is hotter than it's surface. How's that even possible?? Is the sun releasing it's heat from the surface!!! Need a complete answer.
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How does the sun rise upwards with brightening and set downwards with low fading being stationary on a spinning earth? [closed]

Can someone please apprise me with this phenomena that earth is spinning on it's own axis with 23.5 degrees tilt also rotating around the sun while sun is stationary. when sun is just rising up we can ...
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Calculating time from altitude of the sun

If I know the angle between the sun and the horizon, the latitude and longitude of the location, and the day, what equations are needed to calculate the time? I found a website to do it: http://aa....
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How far away from the Sun does space start to be cold?

I assume that if I stood on the sun, I would be hot. I similarly assume that if I stood about 10 feet from the sun, I would still be hot. However, if I stood in space 93 million miles away, I would be ...
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How and why do sunspots occur?

I am studying sunspot behavior, and the causes for the occurrence sunspots occur. I've come across the phrase 'local magnetic fields of the Sun'. I have no idea what that means. Can someone please ...
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Temperature of fusion in the Sun vs. fusion in controlled experiments on Earth

I recently learned that hydrogen fusion (i.e., hydrogen to helium) experiments on Earth have been successful at temperatures in excess of 100,000,000 degrees Celsius. However, I also learned that ...
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Relation between radius of curvature and heat produced at focus when concave mirror is kept in sunlight [duplicate]

Hi I am newbie here and this is my first question so please do not mind if I don't use the correct language or anything. I want to know the relation between size of a concave mirror ( measured by ...
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Is sun a black body? [duplicate]

My teacher told me that sun is a black body but after reading at various sites whre they say that sun is not a black body but has black body radiations because it cannot absorb all radiations.
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What would happen if the Earth was in a polar orbit around the sun?

This is a question that has been bugging me for a while now, I was wondering about the effects on the Earth if it was in different orbital situations to what it is now, and one of those was what would ...