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How Much Water Would It Take To Extinguish The Sun?

The bright light in the lower right of the sun shows an X-class solar flare on Oct. 26, 2014, as captured by NASA's SDO. This was the third X-class flare in 48 hours, which erupted from the largest active region seen on the sun in 24 years. Image Credit: NASA/SDO
Image Credit: NASA/SDO

To us, our local nuclear furnace looks like a big ball of fire. When, in reality, it’s comprised of plasma, or gas energized to such an extreme degree, electrons pop right out of atgms, leaving behind positively charged ions (negatively charged ions are present too). At this point, matter is driven into the fourth state (beyond solid, liquid and gas): plasma.

But for the sake of this blurb, let’s say that the Sun indeed is a ball of fire (to reiterate, the Sun is not on fire. Fire requires oxygen). On Earth, how do we combat this force of nature? With water, obviously. Naturally, that might lead one questioning whether or not water could put the sun out, and if it could, how much would it take to make even the slightest difference?

In his newest video, ‘UniverseToday’s’ Fraser Cain explores the possibilities, and looks at the numbers involved.

WATCH: “How Much Water Would Extinguish The Sun?”

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