This is an extremely abstract question I’ve wondered about for many years but have had little success researching even a even a hint of an amswer, so I now turn to the “teeming millions”. Hey, what the heck…
What if the Sun where to suddenly “turn off” as if some celestial light switch was flicked? It would still exist as a celestial body, so our orbit would be maintained, it’s just “off”. Besides no longer seeing the moon (unless the streetlights from Earth illuminate it to some meager degree) nor the other planets, what phenomena would be observed? How long would life survive? Would our technology be able to still produce enough electricity to continue to grow food, melt water, build batteries and flashlights? Would the Earth’s inner warmth allow some to survive in underground caves or would the core heat also somehow cease to exist? Would the atmosphere remain intact despite Earth’s gravity? Do I have waaaay too much time on my hands? Questions abound.
Thanks folks. I look forward to your input.
Let’s have some fun with this.