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How would life on Earth survive if the Sun suddenly went dark?
Are even our most advanced technologies dependent on the Sun in some form?
Surely millions will die but I think humans will waste too many resources trying to save many people rather than devising a solution to ensure survival over the long term.
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Yes, all life would end.
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There's so way with our current technology that we'd survive. Within a few weeks the temperature would be quite "chilly", chilly enough to render everything frozen and dead.
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Yes.
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If the sun went dark we would freeze as we are at that moment of darkness.

Either something is blocking/covering the sun or got sucked into something, or it's about to blow up.

You can't really hide from such a catastrophe, the Earth is like the size of a bacteria compared to the sun. There's no point in preparing for anything, unless you have the ability or equipment to teleport to a safer Earth-like planet where it's star is still alive and burning. And that is if you are able to teleport with enough time prior to the sun's darkening.
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1stladyent wrote:

If the sun went dark we would freeze as we are at that moment of darkness.

Either something is blocking/covering the sun or got sucked into something, or it's about to blow up.

You can't really hide from such a catastrophe, the Earth is like the size of a bacteria compared to the sun. There's no point in preparing for anything, unless you have the ability or equipment to teleport to a safer Earth-like planet where it's star is still alive and burning. And that is if you are able to teleport with enough time prior to the sun's darkening.


Heat would be retained I think. It wouldn't take long though before the earth is unbearable.
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We wouldn't know for about 8 minutes. And then it would get dark and cold, really really cold.
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nah just wear some thicker clothes and you'll be warm enough
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Yeah even if freezing wasn't a problem the lack of solar rays would mean the death of all plant life.

Human technology isn't even close enough to dream of surviving without the help of the sun.

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If we had a few decades to plan and build we might squeak out a few years of pointlessly futile existence underground or underwater for a handful of people. If it happened tomorrow we'd be extinct in a couple months in the absolute best case scenario. The bulk of us dead within the first couple weeks.

No sun, no plants remember. So the whole food chain would collapse. You'd have a week before the surface temp dropped below zero and it would keep going down till it stabilized somewhere around -400F degrees. Oh, and the atmosphere would freeze so no more of this being shielded from cosmic radiation, etc. The surface would be completely uninhabitable.

If the sun went out the best course of action would be to just go to your garage, get in the car, start the engine and wait for sweet oblivion to take you. ;p

And that's just if the sun flicked off. If it changed mass or just vanished? Hooo boy, time for planet billiards. We'd just be pitched off into space.
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I think we could find a way. Not for the common man, mind you. Eventually all life would be extinct, but I think a relatively small percentage would be about to set an impromptu shelter.
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Most would die within days. Much else would die within weeks. The very few remaining will die within the year.
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Ah, you young kids and your 'oh no, the sun has gone out and we'll all freeze".
When I was your age the sun would only come on maybe 1 day out of 7 if you were lucky. I spent the other days walking through the snow to the hydrogen forests to get enough fuel for the rest of the week.
Posted 4/10/16
"Turning off" the Sun plummets our temperatures to that lower than what Pluto currently faces. We'd be f*cked. It would make for a mass extinction event.
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