True and Untrue?
Posted by jcharles on Sat, 08/20/2005 - 3:05pm.
According to your "untrue" link, it does indeed take light about 8 minutes to get from the sun to earth. But the same link says it takes 170 thousand years "for radiation to make its way from the core to the top of the radiative zone!" This seems very odd to me, except that I suppose there's a lot less stuff in space for radiation/light to bash into. So maybe the 170 thousand years thing means if the core turned off, radiation would still be bouncing around inside the sun's remains for quite some time and we wouldn't begin freezing to death after 8 minutes. Which is reassuring.

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