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Is the Sun going through mid-life crisis? Here’s what European space study reveals

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Image Source: AP Is the Sun experiencing a midlife crisis? Here’s what European space research reveals

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  • An ESA study reveals that Sun is having a midlife crisis.
  • According to the ESA, the Sun is now flooded with solar flares.
  • “As the sun begins to die, it swells into a red giant,” NASA previously said.

Midlife Crisis of the Sun: According to research by the European Space Agency (ESA), the sun, the celestial body that gives us light, is in a stage that all humans experience, and even a powerful star is clearly an impossible stage. Revealed that he is going through a crisis of the year. run away. According to the ESA, the Sun is now flooded with solar flares, coronal mass ejections and solar storms. It has entered middle age, estimated to be about 4.57 billion years old. This investigation was conducted with the help of data collected by the Gaia spacecraft.

On the other hand, NASA said in an earlier report, “When the Sun begins to die, it will swell into a red giant and become so large that it will engulf Mercury and Venus, and possibly even Earth.” Yes, the Sun is just under half its lifespan and will last another five billion years before becoming a white dwarf.

Returning to the ESA study, the Sun is at the peak of its 11-year solar cycle, and after the cycle ends, the frequency of solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and solar storms decreases.

As the Sun ages, it runs out of hydrogen in its core and turns into a giant red star, cooling down by lowering its surface temperature. Become.

Orlagh Creevey of the Côte d’Azur Observatory in France searched for the data by studying some of the Milky Way’s oldest stars with surface temperatures between 3000K and 10,000K. Orlagh said:

The study concluded that the Sun reaches its peak temperature after about 8 billion years, after which it cools its surface and increases in size.

(input from European Space Agency report)

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