Shocked Scientists Ask: Is The Sun Is Dying?
Dying sun lights bleak, dead landscape of Earth
Shocked scientists hurriedly rechecked their data and gloomily admitted it's true: the sun's core is shrinking...the sun may be dying.
Doomed star (like ours?) in final death throes [NASA]
Something is wrong with the sun
Cosmologists and astronomers determine the age of things like planets, stars and galaxies. And they use that data—the best they have—to determine the age of Earth's sun.
They determined during the past century that the sun's nearly 5 billion years old. Everyone was happy because according to observations of other stars similar to the sun that meant the Earth's star would last at least another several billion years.
That question settled, the scientists ate well, slept well, and collected handsome honorariums for speaking engagements.
Everything was copasetic and the universe was in harmony.
During 2010 three unprecendented events took place.
The sun, now a Red Giant, approaches Earth [NASA]
Three unprecedented events
First, evidence emerged that the sun's core is shrinking—an indication that it may be using up it's hydrogen fuel at a faster rate than previously believed.
Unfortunately, when the thermonuclear reactions at the core begin running out of hydrogen fuel, a star falls back on the next available element it has to burn: helium. Once that process starts, a star the size of our sun begins expanding and becomes a Red Giant.
No, it won't explode as a nova or supernova, it doesn't have the mass. It will just swell up and up and vaporize Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.
Second, astrophysicists discovered an unknown type of solar particle was mutating matter on Earth. What is this strange new particle? What are its properties? Why is the sun suddenly spitting them out?
No one has a clue.
Lastly, the sun is rapidly cooling and weakening to such a significant degree that it will—if the process continues unabated—eventually no longer shield the Earth from deadly cosmic rays. That's because the Earth is usually protected by the sun's magnetosphere, and as you've probably guessed, the magnetosphere's shrinking too.
Accepted model of stars ages questioned
Worst of all, recent observations of other stars with the Hubble Space Telescope, and several European Space agency telescopes, have confirmed that some stars like our sun suddenly begin exhibiting inexplicable behavior—and then, with little warning, they rapidly swell into Red Giants swallowing any nearby planets.
And now our sun is acting oddly in ways never before seen.
The sun is exhibiting behavior that's baffling scientists worldwide. [See Solar Scientists Agree That the Sun's Recent Behavior Is Odd, but the Explanation Remains Elusive http://ttp//www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=solar-minimum-forecasting ]
Some scientists are measuring the sun's shrinking core [Wikimedia CC]
The terrible secret: the sun's been cooling since 1979
While the world was hoodwinked with global warming nonsense, the sun began cooling. It's continued to cool for the past 32 years. Now it's poised to cool much faster as it approaches the Maunder Minimum.
Astronomers confidently predicted the sun would begin growing hotter again by 2007. When it continued to cool they rushed back to their calculators to check the batteries.
Now the sun has entered its peak solar cycle, causing fears of solar storms destroying fragile technology, while the actual output can be charted and is still on a downward plunge.
How low can the solar output go? No one knows. The last time it fell precipitously the interglacial period ended and an Ice Age gripped the Northern Hemisphere for 100,000 years.
But it could be worse than that. If the sun is truly dying ice will eventually creep over most of the planet. Seven billion people will want to live at or near the Equatorial regions.
Horrific evidence: strange solar emissions mutating matter
Discovery of 'mutating matter'
For months mounting fear has driven researchers to wring their hands over the approaching solar storms. Some have predicted devastating solar tsunamis that could wipe away our advanced technology, others voiced dire warnings that violent explosions on the surface of the sun could reach out to Earth, breach our magnetic field, and expose billions to high intensity UV-rays and other deadly forms of cancer-causing radiation.
Sun's core now emitting mutating particles [NASA]
Now evidence has surfaced that something potentially more dangerous is happening deep within the hidden core of our life-giving star: never-before-seen particles—or some mysterious force—is being shot out from the sun and it’s hitting Earth.
Whatever it is, the evidence suggests it's affecting matter and the natural established rates of radioactive decay. Something once thought impossible. Some physicists are calling it strange and unknown. [See Terrifying scientific discovery: Strange emmissions by sun are suddenly mutating matter]
How it goes from bad to worse to worst of all
And this is where the story gets bad. Very bad.
Are these strange particles that seem to be mutating matter and affecting the rate of radioactive decay somehow just a presager to the approaching Ice Age? Or is it something more ominous? Is it confirmation of a dying sun?
Maunder minimum may become worst ever, say scientists [NASA]
The sun: undergoing a strange change?
"The average pressure of the solar wind has dropped more than 20 percent since the mid-1990s...The change in pressure comes mainly from reductions in temperature and density. [Emphasis added] The solar wind is 13 percent cooler and 20 percent less dense. The solar wind isn't inflating the heliosphere as much as it used to...That means less shielding against cosmic rays. [The solar probe] Ulysses also discovered that the sun's underlying magnetic field has weakened by more than 30 percent since the mid-1980s." [NASA]
Sun's 'protective bubble' shrinking exposing life on Earth to radiation
NASA solar physicists also report that he sun's so-called "Great Conveyor Belt" has slowed to a crawl. "We've never seen speeds so low; it's off the bottom of the charts. This has important repercussions for future solar activity."
Yes, and important repercussions for Earth too.
What's next? Ice Age...or Red Giant? No one knows!
That an Ice Age is approaching seems a given. How long it will last is anyone's guess. With the new uncertainty of past scientific theories and the odd behavior no one can explain, a dying sun underscores famous physicist Stephen Hawking's 2010 warning that we must get off Earth and into space and on towards other stars to assure human survival.
A Red Giant will swell and expand, and then devour Earth, burning 30 times hotter as it converts to helium fuel.
Toward the end the bloated, dying sun will grow more than 1,000 times brighter. Calling attention to the rest of the galaxy that more worlds have been consumed in a fiery death.
Among them will be Earth.
Sun swallowing Earth on The Final Day...
hmmmm... i wonder what professor hans zarkov [formerly of nasa] has to say about this...
" i told you yer fucked "