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How much longer should the Sun remain in its stable phase?
The sun is currently classified as a “main sequence” star. This means that it is in the most stable part of its life, converting the hydrogen present in its core into helium. For a star the size of ours, this phase lasts a little over 8 billion years.
How long will our Sun be in this stage?
The life cycle of the Sun began roughly 4.6 billion years ago and will continue for almost another 8 billion years when it will have depleted its supply of nuclear fuel and collapse into a white dwarf.
How long do scientists think the Sun will be stable?
When it starts to die, the Sun will expand into a red giant star, becoming so large that it will engulf Mercury and Venus, and possibly Earth as well. Scientists predict the Sun is a little less than halfway through its lifetime and will last another 5 billion years or so before it becomes a white dwarf.
What causes the Sun & other stars to remain stable?
What causes the sun & other stars to remain stable over time? The Sun and other main sequence stars are in hydrostatic equilibrium.
How long will the Sun Live after the final phase?
Final Phase and Death: Once it reaches the Red-Giant-Branch (RGB) phase, the Sun will haves approximately 120 million years of active life left. But much will happen in this amount of time.
Why doesn’t the Sun change its main sequence every year?
For however long the fuel in the core lasts (as discussed in The Mass-Luminosity Diagram and the Lifetime of Main Sequence Stars), there is no obvious reason for the star to change, so year after year the dot representing the star’s properties remains fixed in its Main Sequence position in the HR Diagram. How The Sun Changes As It Ages
What is the state of equilibrium of the Sun?
The Sun and other main sequence stars are in hydrostatic equilibrium. The Sun and other main sequence stars are fusing Hydrogen into Helium in their cores. They need to be in balance. Gravity caused by the mass of the star is trying to compress the core.