I’ve had a question burning in the back of my mind for awhile, now, and I thought I’d finally air it out.
Leaving aside magical complications* for the moment, how far away from our sun in our solar system would a vampire have to get before he could face it, safely?
Here’s my thinking: the sun is a star, but starlight doesn’t burn vampires. Moonlight, even a full moon, doesn’t burn vampires, even though it’s just reflected sunlight. Ergo, if a vampire got as far away in space that the he only received as much light from the sun equivilant to what you’d get on Earth’s surface at night during a full moon (maybe even a bit more—there’s been quite a few depictions of vamps running around at dusk, where the ambiant light is still a bit more than moonlight), he could be exposed to direct sunlight without fear of injury.
My question is…how far away would he have to be? Could a vampire on Mars survive on the surface in shirtsleeves, or at least in front of a clear window? How about orbiting one of the gas giants, or even Pluto?
I’m guessing there’s at least one, maybe even two people here that’d be interested in this one—I eagerly await their reply.
*I think “Buffy” used an angle like this; “It doesn’t hurt us because of the kind of light, it hurts us because it’s the sun.” Yeah, sure thing, 'mac.