What would happen if a planet collided with the sun?

I know this is a bit of a silly question, but what if say Jupiter went flying into the sun and crashed into it? What would the vision be like from earth? Would it somehow result in the end of life?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    It wouldn't have much of an effect on the sun, beyond some minor gravity fluctuations and differences in heat/radiation output where the planet crashed (or, more accurately, burnt up). Think of the sun as a house fire, and the planet as a single raindrop -- chances are, that raindrop isn't going to put the fire out (the sun isn't literally on fire, but let's allow some leeway for comparison's sake). Jupiter would be destroyed before it even reached the corona.

    Yes, it would affect life on Earth. Jupiter's size and distance influence our orbit, so if it passed close enough, we'd probably be pulled into its orbit as one of its moons. Even if that didn't happen, the effects of Jupiter's immense gravity would knock us out of our current orbit which, again, would interrupt life. It might also affect our rotation and the moon's orbit, both of which help to stabilize our planet.

    In short, it would suck for us if Jupiter hit the sun, but the sun itself would be fine.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The first answerer has a good point, without Jupiter, which is a massive gas planet which DOES protect Earth from asteroids, we would be very susceptible. The view from Earth wouldn't be any different. If Jupiter did pass the Earth before hitting the sun then it would look brighter in the night sky. It depends on how long it took to reach the sun also.

  • 1 decade ago

    By the time Jupiter reaches the sun it wil already be burned to ashes. Although there might be some unstablity in the solar system of a missing planet, it would be like an comet going into the sun. We will be able to even see this sight unless we have a Hubble Telescope.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't think Jupiter would even make it all the way to the sun before being completely burned but if it did it could very easily end life on earth because not only would we no longer have the gravity of jupiter where it was but I think it could potetially cause a huge solar flare thing maybe one strong enough that our magnectis feild couldn't deflect.. but who knows

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If it is Jupiter, which is mostly hydrogen, nothing would happen. You would need to dump the mass of Jupiter in the form of iron into the sun, to create any form of damage.

    Also, removing Jupiter from it's orbit would already be interesting. Jupiter is huge and massive.

  • Erika
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    nicely if we assume an Earth sized planet smashed into the solar, then through fact the solar is extra suitable than a million circumstances the quantity of the Earth it would completely annihilate the planet by utilising rapidly turning it into area of itself, on a similar time as ejecting significant image voltaic flares. by utilising rapidly it relatively is going to take countless weeks for the completed affair to quiet down as quickly as extra as though no longer something had occurred, or perhaps then there might desire to be longer lasting consequences on solar spots case in point. The planet might pierce during the solar's corona and it would disappear under the photosphere on a similar time as being stripped of its ecosystem and oceans and a few of its crust. There could be significant eruptions, image voltaic flares ejecting cloth deep into the image voltaic gadget some distance previous Neptune. i don't have faith the planet could be completely vaporised until now disappearing into the solar's floor through fact in spite of the undeniable fact that the temperature of the corona is countless thousands and thousands of stages C, and the photosphere is a few 1000's stages C, there's no longer very lots of warmth in line with cubic metre, no longer on a similar time as much as in a human physique (ref BBC television programme 'Atom') for this reason of the very low density of the solar's corona and ecosystem (some distance decrease in density than that of the Earth's ecosystem). of course the ability released and time taken might additionally count on the value at which the planet procedures the solar, which could be countless tens of 1000's kilometres in line with hour, extremely than an risky orbital attitude giving the solar extra time to fry, strip and evaporate the planet. An Earth sized planet colliding with the solar might upload a pair of million/333,000th to the solar's mass (ref Wikipedia) that's an exceedingly significant quantity, many circumstances the ratio for greatest asteroid that have struck the Earth now and lower back. in an attempt to assert the solar might evaporate an Earth sized planet until now it became into engulfed, i've got faith is an exaggeration.

  • ritu
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Jupiter is a huge ball of gas, sun is also a huge ball of gas. Different is only that sun is a hot ball of gas and Jupiter is a cold ball of gas.So,if Jupiter collide with sun it became hot and after collide,its mass mixed with sun. then the sun has more mass.

  • 1 decade ago

    Think about this--- 1 million Earth's would fit inside the sun!

    A collision with an Earth sized planet would have ZERO affect.

  • 1 decade ago

    It'd be like throwing a match into an inferno.

    No change would occur in the sun, but it could possibly disturb our orbit, and we'd be much more susceptible to asteroids. Either of which could be fatal to life on Earth.

  • 1 decade ago

    It would burn up prior to colliding with the central mass of the Sun.

    Source(s): Physics phd
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