Blotting Out the Sun

The Sun Today (SOHO, NASA)

The Sun Today (SOHO, NASA)

It simply isn’t going to happen, but just suppose that the sun were suddenly to vanish, or be extinguished. It takes roughly 8 minutes for the light from the sun to traverse the distance to the earth, so it would take us about that long to realize that something was terribly awry. The New Scientist’s Last Word blog poses that very question in Put That Light Out. Check out the disparate array of interesting responses from readers.

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