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Old 06-13-2016, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Chance View Post
2. Would the sun losing mass lower its gravity and therefore slip Earth into a wide orbit in the first place?
This is happening right now, but the rate of solar mass loss is so low that it's pretty negligable. AIUI, the Earth is currently moving away from the Sun about 15 cm/year, but most of that is due to tidal drag.