Originally posted by AnAbsoluteCreation
Bryd, for the applause BTW,
If you were standing/floating on the surface of the sun and you were to toss a baseball off of the surface as hard as you could. So hard that the
moment it lost its velocity, it was far enough to hold it's orbit (satalites).
If the sun was able to sneeze out a chunk of constituents (like the baseball) why couldn't that chunk stick into an orbit?
First, the sun doesn't have much in the way of constituents other than hydrogen and helium. There's some iron and other elements that have been
forged in the sun, but they're heavier than hydrogen and helium and they've sunk all the way to the middle of the sun (more than 200,000 miles below
You can see the composition of the sun here:
So there'd have to be some way of delivering the core material to the surface, through 200,000 miles of fusioning hydrogen. The other materials are
18-80 times more massive than the hydrogen of the sun. So they have to 'swim upward' through a thick nuclear fusion soup.
We're talking a huge amount of energy there that's supposed to be focused on one spot (rather than the sun exploding.)
Now... when stars go supernova, they blow up in such a way that the core material is ejected. Of course, any solar system circling them is also
trashed, but that's the way that iron and the other heavier metals are formed in our universe.
So... it would take a localized 'supernova' to do that.
You speak about matterless flares ejected, but if the force was stronger couldn't larger objects be ejected?
The force needed would be about 1.5 million miles per hour to deliver it just from the surface into space (I added in some figures for a small rocky
planet.) I didn't go into how much of an explosion would be needed to do that, but it should be somewhere in the neighborhood of "supernova."
Again, what if the sun was like a woman and able to change catagorically when pregnant?
Speaking from personal experience, women don't change that much when pregnant. You get hormonal changes, but you're not growing another head on
your shoulders. A life form that is able to grow by absorbing part of the nutrients that you eat begins to grow inside you. Some hormonal changes
start the lactating process (breast milk) and signal birth and loosen slightly the cartilaginous joints in the pelvis so the baby can emerge. But
The sun isn't being fed by anything.