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User avatar #19 - dragontamers (07/12/2013) [-]
Actually the sun is a huge nuclear reaction.
#21 to #19 - Womens Study Major (07/12/2013) [-]
Are you implying it's not on fire?
User avatar #22 to #21 - dragontamers (07/12/2013) [-]
50 Science Misconceptions - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.18) Number 6
#23 to #22 - Womens Study Major (07/12/2013) [-]
He barely touched on that!
"Hey guys it's not on fire just a nuclear reaction" and then he goes on about other stuff.
Iunno I want more information about that, why does it look like it's on fire? Why is it a nuclear reactor?

I'm just gunna take "It's not on fire guys" and believe it right off the bat.
#28 to #23 - slumberdonkey (07/12/2013) [-]
Well, stars are actually nuclear furnaces of sorts. They start out with a bunch of gases (hydrogen and helium mostly). These gases are brought together with gravity and pushed together until they are at very high pressures. When these atoms get extremely hot and extremely pressurized they move a lot quicker. At these temperatures and pressures it is not uncommon for two atoms to collide and have their nucleus' fuse together. This is called "Nuclear Fusion". When this happens the star begins to accumulate more dense elements (nitrogen, oxygen, iron, etc.)
So no, it's not fire. I would say that the light that comes out of stars is most likely just because of the extreme heat. Just about anything would glow if it were at such high temperatures, but i'm not entirely sure of this at the top of my head.
User avatar #100 to #28 - sprok **User deleted account** (07/17/2013) [-]
It emits heat and light, not just heat that turns into light. Two different things.
User avatar #101 to #100 - slumberdonkey (07/17/2013) [-]
It emits life by way of a heated substance. Or at least that's my first assumption.
#26 to #23 - Wozing (07/12/2013) [-]
If this is the stuff that interests you, then you may like the YouTube channels: Vsauce, Veritassium, and Minute Physics. There are many more like that! Keep searching!
#27 to #26 - Womens Study Major (07/12/2013) [-]
It is pretty interesting, and I've already subbed to Vsauce and Vertassium, I shall look into minute physics, thank you for the suggestion
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