posted on Jun, 29 2003 @ 05:19 PM
Space is actually warm, but the Earth is an oven. This is in a literal sense of an oven. The greenhouse gasses, such as CO2 (carbon dioxide) trap
heat and over time the heat builds up and the Earth warms. This is directly proportional to how much CO2 there is in the atmosphere... that is why
global warming is such a problem.
Outer space is quite a bit cooler, but it is still far above absolute freezing. Outside of the planet and outside of the direct stare of the sun, I
believe it is -150 - -200 degrees Fehrenheit. In the direct view of the sun, I think it is 300+ degrees F. This is because there is no regulation
and no "oven" to keep the heat trapped in a particular place.
Just for clarification, there is no such thing as "cold" by technical means. There is only such thing as heated or not. Heat is not the absense of
cold, heat is the absense of the natural state of what we would call "cold"--this meaning "no activity" which I'll explain. Heat is the
biproduct of energy in disorder (an excited state), where coldness is actually the natural state without the friction of the energy being present
When you run around and become active, you warm up. That is the same thing with energy. The more active it gets, the more heat is being produced.
The radiating heat is a way for the energy to reduce itself from being so excited in a small volume. Think about a game of ping-pong/table tennis.
Playing with one ball is fun, but play with 1,000 balls in going to get painful... there is too much disorder in too small of a space... the balls
need to either get smaller or reduce in number. This is why heat is radiated outward from its source.
I'm not 100% sure that what I just told you is completely correct, but I believe at a level 95% that it is. So there you have it, space is not
"cold," it is just "not as hot" as the Earth.
[Edited on 29-6-2003 by Protector]