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A friend of mine may have answered this for me: he said to basically assume stars act as black body radiators, in which case I can find what I want from Planck's law and some calculus.


What I am actually after is to answer more scientifically the children's question: "What happens if I throw something in the Sun?" and my answer was always "It burns." but I am now wondering about the "How does it burn?" It doesn't burn. What happens when an object such as an asteroid or comet impacts the Sun is in a sense the ...

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