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Offline glovesforfoxes

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Assuming they did not die and that they are facing the sun. What would it look like? How would it seem to them - would they be engulfed by light before they were scorched?
« Last Edit: 01/11/2009 20:53:50 by glovesforfoxes »


 

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I'm not sure, but i would imagine they would see it expand as though it where approaching them. Color will change (but this expansion is by no feat a quick process) I would have imagined.

I would have also imagined that the light would indeed be too intense as the star enlarged; our eyes simply are not created for that kind of radiation. In attempts to observe it in its late stellar evolution would most probably blind us.
 

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not with eclipse glasses ;)

Anyhow, wouldn't the expansion phase go so slowly that there's no noticeable difference over 150 years? [let's assume that's the average lifespan of a human by then...]
 

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I would have thought.
 

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