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5/8/2010 7:21:18 PM

James Fraser
Posts: 32
Life on our lovely planet is a wonderment, just like our far distant ancestors found out. Imagine, way way back, your Neanderthal ancestors growing up watching volcanoes spew out flammable rocks and lava flows. Yet, it has taken them thousands of years to create fire, for this we have to have oxygen. In space there is none to the level that we have, so does the sun consume whatever particles of oxygen there are? If yes, do we put out the sun to preserve oxygen for future races in space, and if we do - what happens to life without heat? Answers on a postcard, JameswtfCool
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5/8/2010 8:57:00 PM

Chris D. Aechtner
Posts: 47
I am not a scientist, but I do know that our Sun doesn't burn on oxygen at all. In fact, it is the deep pressure of not having oxygen that actually fuels it's nuclear power in it's core. The pressure at the Sun's core is about 340 billion times that of our planet. This immense pressure causes four special protons to fuse into an alpha particle....at the precise fusion of the protons, the energy expelled is actually a nuclear energy emission, that eventually reaches our planet as sunlight. There is absolutely no oxygen used in this process at all. Thus the Sun is not the culprit, but we unfortuanetly are. Chris.
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5/8/2010 9:27:10 PM

Chris D. Aechtner
Posts: 47
Wait there is some oxygen involved, but the Sun creates it in-house....just a tiny amount. Errrrrr, I love the Sun lol.
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5/9/2010 2:41:24 PM

Chris D. Aechtner
Posts: 47
Ok, I am in a really retarded mood here. The light from the Sun is obviously a major part of the cycle of photosynthesis in all plant life. So, the Sun is actually the largest contributor of oxygen in our solar system. I have some more geek.a.nese, nerdy tidbits here lol. The Sun holds 98% of our entire Solar systems mass, and outputs 99% of all energy released into our solar system....even though we have energy giants like Jupiter. If we launched every single bomb, missle, grenade ( including all of our Nuclear Warheads) at the Sun( this obviously couldn't be done....we would have to somehow teleport them into the Sun)--I mean every single bomb ever created since the beginning of warfare, they would barely even register as a flux on the surface of the Sun. The Sun creates a billion times the energy in one half hour, that mankind has collectively created through weapons and power sources, throughout our entire existence.
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5/27/2010 10:54:15 PM

wala na
Posts: 12
oh wow! I was just browsing through the forums and saw this particular thread--my golly, I don't think I've learned so much about the sun in just one sitting! Very very interesting facts, Chris--where ever did you get all that info? When you pointed out that it's the largest contributor of oxygen, it really made me stop and think--you are so right! never realized that, just took that for granted I guess! Thanks for the insightful reply & James--as I write this--woohoo! I think some t=of that rain in Scotland made its way over here--our plants sure are drinking it in-- it's the most rain we've had in months--yay, yay!!
And just a little tidbit about my name, haha all this sun talk reminded me--Nikko actually means "sunlight" or "daylight" in Japanese --well wishing you both sun-filled days!! I for now will enjoy the rain!!
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6/4/2010 5:56:40 PM

aneysa churchwell
Posts: 25
hey james thnx 4 da comment on my poetry
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