How long does it take to get to the sun?
We have all wanted to know at some point in our life the most popular question about space, which is “how long does it take to get to the sun?” Well, this actually depends on what speed you are travelling at.
Let’s imagine you are in the Apollo 11 spaceship which travels at roughly 7 miles per second, it would take you roughly 153 days to reach the sun, quite a long time right? Well with exponential developments in technology we are building faster and faster spacecraft to travel in. Come and see NASAs mission in Apollo 11 here.
So, let’s say we travelled in the fastest spacecraft ever to launch which would be the horizons probe, this travels at roughly 155,000 MPH, meaning it would take you around 25 days to reach the sun! With the rate at how fast technology is developing imagine how long it will take in 200 years to reach the sun, I estimate this at less than a day! (unless teleportation Is ever invented)
Can we touch the sun?
This then leads us to the biggest question of all time… could we ever touch the sun? Now, this is an interesting question because we have recently developed technology actually allowing us to touch the sun and there is a current mission in progress which has reached the closest ever distance from the sun! So how do we touch a star that is millions of degrees in temperature? Reflection. The idea behind it is that we use materials so reflective that 99% of the heat is actually reflected off meaning the spacecraft never reaches a dangerous temperature, however, we do not actually know how close we can get without this technology deteriorates, I guess it is just a guessing game at the moment, not even NASA know!
Have you ever wondered what temperature actually is? It is simple, the temperature is just the speed at which atoms move and if atoms are moving faster than the temperature will be hotter, and if atoms move slower than the temperature will be cooler. Cool huh? Check out some other interesting articles if you enjoyed this read!