# Does the Earth gets closer to the Sun?

We know that the sun loses an amount of it's mass equivalent to the amount of energy it produces, according to the $E=mc^2$ equation. so the sun is losing mass every second. Does this affect the space-time curvature it creates. Or does this affect the distance between the Sun and the Earth. Does losing mass affects the gravity of Sun or other planets?

• If you are only looking at the effect of the sun loosing mass, then the earth should get farther away over time, not closer. – Olin Lathrop May 28 '14 at 14:18
• Possible duplicates: physics.stackexchange.com/q/208/2451 , physics.stackexchange.com/q/71652/2451 and links therein. – Qmechanic May 28 '14 at 14:26
• There are at least three effects to consider: solar mass loss by radiation, solor mass loss by out gassing and tidal angular momentum transfer. And I suppose viscus friction between the Earth and the out-gassed material. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten May 29 '14 at 14:56