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Name: John R.
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Age: 20s
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Date: 2001-2002


Question:
When a star expands/explodes how long does it actually take for it to engulf its solar system? Minutes, years, centuries? The animations on documentaries seem to take minutes.


Replies:
Many Centuries

Howard Barnes


It would all depend upon how violent the explosion is, and how far away the planets are, but you could bracket it. I am sure that the time that lapses from a solar flare that sends particles to the earth is known, I just do not happen to know what it is. That would be a lower limit. The speed of light would be an upper limit.

Vince Calder



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