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If the sun were to burn out in the distant future, what would happen?

I'm wondering if in the future, even if we as a society prepared for it, what would happen if the sun were to simply burn out and we attempted to live on as a society?

this is a hypothetical question, any sci-fi, factual or non-factual answer is acceptable. I'm looking for ideas, other views and opinions on what would happen to society, culture, well being, the population, animals, etc.

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The science of it isn't a concern. I know what will happen. Let's say it doesn't.

let's say for all intents and purposes, in a one in a million shot, instead of cooking the earth like it most likely will, it instead just literally burned out, cooled off so to speak and burned out. Perhaps it's not even possible, but if it is, how would it be and what would happen

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Peter321
The sun can't "burn" out because is isn't "burn"ing. It shines by fusing
hydrogen into helium in it's core and releasing energy in the form of
heat and light in the process. It will not simply "burn" out. When it's
hydrogen fuel is exhausted, it will swell to Red Giant status and envelope
the inner solar system in the process. It's outer layers will then be ejected
into interstellar space forming a planetary nebula and the core will shrink
to white dwarf status where it will continue to cool until it ceases to shine
and becomes a black dwarf. This will all happen about 5 billion years from now.

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Peter321
The plant would stop its orbit and all of the living creatures, including humans, on the earth would die.

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Scientifically speaking Sun will become Red Giant and later White dwarf and Earth will burn initially later will be frozen planet.It will occur 5 Billion years later.
We humans if survive till that event will survive beyond that event as well. 5 billion years is really a long time and Earth will not be our only habitable planet. Our reach will be beyond solar system reaching other Stars and it's Planet. We will have other planets in which we can live. Solar system will be a cold place due to absence of Sun but there will be other Stars.
Population will be approximately 4x10^17. We will require lot of planet and space station for that number of people. Unless you control population it somehow people will be killing each other for resources.
We may have a common culture in each planet or maybe there will be no such thing.
Animals and plants will be clones since originals will be extinct and food, water should be synthesized.
There are many things but i cant keep on typing so that's all.

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We simply wouldn't survive.
If the sun were to simply burn out, we wouldn't know for 8 minutes and 18 seconds, because that how long it takes the light from the sun to reach us.
Soon after the sun Burns out, there will most likely be global panic, Riots, people will die.
The world will be dark accept for the artificial light (Light bulbs, generators etc..)
The world would star to freeze out. The ocean would freeze in a little more than a day, or probably less.
And since the sun gives life to plants, the plants will die, and since plants are at the bottom of the food chain, the whole ecosystem will be ruined.
No sunlight means no crops, Humans will starve to death if they don't freeze first.
To survive, Humans will have to make some sort of Artificial sun, something that gives light and warmth and can help crops grow throughout the world, and what are the chances of that happening before they all die.
The bottom line is, we would survive without the sun, every insect, animal, human and plant will die out, and the Earth will be a frozen snowball.

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Peter321
The earth would become a snowball.
Every thing would die no questions asked.

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Earth would freeze, end of story

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