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Facts of the Matter: Light that radiates from sun is many thousands of years old

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2019
                                A photon’s transit from the center of the sun outward into space takes tens of thousands of years, but it requires only a few minutes to reach Earth once it emerges. An airplane is juxtaposed with the rising sun.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS / 2019

    A photon’s transit from the center of the sun outward into space takes tens of thousands of years, but it requires only a few minutes to reach Earth once it emerges. An airplane is juxtaposed with the rising sun.

Light from the sun takes a mere eight minutes to travel to Earth across nearly 100 million miles of empty space. But it takes 120,000 years to travel just 400,000 miles from its origin in the sun’s core to its surface. Read more

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