Have you ever wondered what would happen if the sun just vanished?
I'm sure that if you have, you've probably come to the conclusion that it wouldn't be anything good -- and you'd definitely be right.
The people over at The Solar Centre were curious about this exact thing, so they created a slightly terrifying infographic detailing how the solar system and Earth would be affected over time without that great big ball in the sky.
1. After eight minutes, the planets would stop orbiting because there would no longer be a gravitational pull from the sun. They would all just travel in a straight line through space.
2. One minute later, we'd all be engulfed in darkness.
3. At this time, the stars would still be visible, but without the sun illuminating the moon, we'd never see it again.
4. In a few days, Earth's temperature would begin to drop. After a couple of months, it would be at about negative 190 degrees Fahrenheit. In four months, it'd reach about negative 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Most bacteria would die in a few days, but some microorganisms may still be able to live in Earth's crust.
6. We'd likely all be dead in a month, but we might be able to survive if we had sealed-off habitats or took shelter deep in the ocean inside submarines.
7. Most plants could last for a few weeks, but the lack of sunlight would keep them from photosynthesizing. Plant-eating animals would die after their source of food is gone.
8. Scavenging animals would make it a little longer since they'd eat other animals' dead bodies, but eventually, they'd run out of food and cease to exist, as well.
9. Two months into the sun's disappearance, all of our oceans would freeze on the surface. Some sea creatures living on the sea floor might last for a while.
10. Not all plants would be completely eliminated early on -- large trees could last for a few decades.
11. Oceans would actually be insulated by their frozen surfaces, stopping them from entirely freezing for thousands of years.
12. However, when they do finally become completely frozen at around negative 400 degrees Fahrenheit, the atmosphere would collapse and stop protecting Earth from cosmic radiation.
(via The Solar Centre)
Well, I guess all we can do is hope that the sun sticks around forever. You can check out the full (and very unsettling) infographic here.