The Sun Will Rise Again

For a few more billion years…

The sun will rise again, and that’s every morning when we wake up. As far as each of us know, we wake up each morning expecting that this wonderful orb will grace the sky. We wake up knowing that sunlight will touch our face and have our surroundings lit up by it,  thereby giving form and beauty to this whole wide world.

The End of the Earth as We Know It.

As the saying goes: “The Sun will still rise in the east and set in the west tomorrow.” Our solar system is just over 4.5 billion years old, so the sun is slightly more than halfway through its stable lifetime. At least according to the latest prediction that the sun will still be around for a few more billion years, the beginning of the end for a red giant the mass of our Sun occurs very suddenly. As the helium “ashes” continue to pile up at its center, a higher fraction of them turn electron-degenerate. As the outer layers of our red giant star are expand into a huge cloud, its inner core is contracting down to form a buried white dwarf. The temperature and pressure in the Sun’s core will soar to 10 times their current values. And roughly 1.2 billion years after it leaves the main sequence, the center of the helium core of the Sun will become sufficiently massive, dense, and hot that something amazing will happen: within a matter of minutes, it will ignite and burn.

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A Fireball

It is widely understood by scientists that the Earth as a planet will not survive the sun’s expansion into a full-blown red giant star. The surface of the sun will probably reach the current orbit of Mars – and, while the Earth’s orbit may also have expanded outwards slightly, it won’t be enough to save it from being dragged into the surface of the sun, whereupon our planet will rapidly disintegrate.

That’s the prediction of scientists. We of course,  would have no knowledge of that occurrence. The human race as we know it wouldn’t be here by then anymore.

Our descendants will ultimately be wiped off the face of the earth, if the end of the human race comes at that point. But maybe God has a different plan. The whole cosmos came into being, created by God and we weren’t part of that plan. God in his omniscience, is the only One Who truly knows the fate of the universe. Who are we to question His mind.

We should just try to live right, be kind to everyone. With all the things that’s happening in the world today – the worldwide pandemic, the rotting institution of the U.S. presidency by the current president who has no common sense, the rioting, looting, and the current disrespect for authority, disorder and chaos in other parts of the world, some of us grow weary and think bleakly.

But God is always in control.

So for a few more million million years, the sun will rise again. We who are still here better enjoy the beauty of every day sunrises. And sunsets. Both are a delight to observe but sunset colors are typically more brilliant than sunrise colors, because the evening air contains more particles than morning air.

 

A number of eruptions, including those of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 and Krakatoa in 1883, have produced sufficiently high stratospheric sulfuric acid clouds to yield remarkable sunset afterglows (and pre-sunrise glows) around the world.

The 1991 Mount Pinatubo Eruption

Richard P. Hoblitt, USGS, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Great Sunrises to Enjoy

A flock of birds overlooking the shore bathed by a hue of different colors. The sun rising in the east provides a warm glow of sunshine.

A majestic mountain range bathed by an early morning sunlight.

The sun will rise again, yes and I’d like to gaze at this view of countless different shades of colors rising above the waves.

A boat, calm water, dark clouds above. a serene panorama of beauty which nourishes the soul.

The horizon splitting the image into two, the blue and white clouds above, the calm waves reaching into the sand.

A calm surface of a lake reflecting the sky, a couple of shrub on the water, and a wonderful group of clouds beyond the horizon. The sun will rise again. Thank you Lord for this great views of your creation.