How Long it Takes Light from the Sun to Reach the Earth

Daven Hiskey 2

Light travels from the Sun to the Earth in about 8 minutes and 19 seconds. While it only takes 8 minutes and 19 seconds for the light from the surface of the sun to reach us, it actually takes about 10,000-170,000 years for a photon to travel from the core of the sun to the surface.

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  1. Mushyrulez March 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Isn’t it still possible for an extremely lucky photon to escape the sun’s core in perhaps even less than a day, if the photon were continuously re-emitted towards the direction heading away from the sun’s core? Of course, almost all photons won’t, but there ought to be at least some that will…

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