If the Sun “went out”

This isn’t exactly Ham Radio related, but I thought it fit in this blog…

Riding Light from Alphonse Swinehart on Vimeo.

I just re-watched parts of this video and it really puts the size of even our solar system in perspective. But, I thought of another interesting scenario. Say that right now, the Sun just “goes out” for whatever reason and stops outputting light. Since it takes so long for light to travel across our solar system, we’d be able to see planets blinking out as the last ray of sunlight bounced off and traveled back to Earth. Using wolframalpha.com, I calculated all of the distances and times, and here’s what it would look like: Continue reading If the Sun “went out”