That's how long it would take before Earth, or any inhabitants thereof, would know that the sun burned out and died. Eight Minutes. I thought how good a title that would make for one of those "disaster films," or a story - - perhaps there already is one.
But imagine a movie or story where everyone has eight minutes to say good bye. Eight minutes. Eight Minutes before the earth and everything on it will plunge into extinction.
The universe and sun and planets and the edge of the universe program facinated on the Discovery Channel's show about The Edge of the Universe. Had me thinking about those 8 minutes.
So, what would you do with your Eight Minutes? Before everything begins to fall apart. Eight Minutes. Then, the sky would grow dark, and cold, and . . .
What would your Eight Minutes be like?
PS: In theory, if there is only 8 minutes, those of us who want to "be with our families" may be out of luck - if the sun dying is a surprise . . . so then what?
(PPS -- the sun isn't ready to die, yet - it's still in maybe it's middle ages, and has a loooonnnnng time to go - maybe millions of more years . . .)