What Would Happen if the Sun Disappeared?

Even if you don’t know much about science, and outer space in particular, most of us know that that great big yellow thing in the sky is quite important for our existence. The majority of us will realise that without the Sun, things down here on Earth would be pretty cold and dark. However, we were curious to see what else might happen if our giant source of heat and light were to suddenly vanish from the sky.

Our latest infographic explores everything that would happen should the sun disappear, along with a timescale of how long it would take for these things to happen. For example, within eight minutes all the planets would start to travel in a straight line through space because there would no longer be a gravitational pull from the Sun and the surfaces of the oceans would freeze over within a couple of months. Take a look at the infographic below to find out more about what would happen to us and our planet if the Sun were to disappear.if-the-sun-disappeared

The Fastest Things in the World

Our latest infographic looks at some of the fastest things in the world – from outrageously fast cars, including the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport and the unofficial record holder the Hennessey Venom GT. As well as the rapid descent down the Insano waterslide in Brazil where you’ll travel forty one metres in less than five seconds, and the superfast JR Maglev train which races through the Japanese countryside at a grand speed of 373km per hour – faster even that the aptly named Shinkansen ‘bullet train’.

Whilst not everything on our list hits mind-boggling speeds, some are included as they are the fastest in their field, for example the Soviet submarine K-222 and of course the Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who is regarded as the fastest person ever timed.

At approximately 670 million mph, it is light (primarily from the Sun) that is undoubtedly the fastest thing in the world. Responsible for the human eye’s sense of sight, it allows us to fully enjoy the world around us – whether we are experiencing life at super speeds or not. Take a look at the infographic below to discover just how many times you could circumnavigate the globe in a second if you could travel at the speed of light!fastest-things-in-the-world