How do astronauts not burn in space? They are closer to the sun so how is it not possible?

We are 149.6 million kilometres away from the sun and we still sizzle and literally burn from it while they're out in space chilling flying next to that huge ball of flames..

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  • 9 months ago

    How do you personally know we are 149.6 million miles away from the sun?

  • D g
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Sun is not on fire it is ENERGY

    LIGHT PHOTONS

  • 9 months ago

    I suspect that you are laboring under a lack of basic knowledge of the size and structure of the solar system.

    I suggest that you ignore anything you read about astronomy on the net or see on tv, until you purchase, read and understand a solid, reliable, honest, no-nonsense introductory textbook on astronomy first. These books are easy to find second-hand at the usual outlets and are very cheap. Don't worry about how old the book is: the older the better as it will not be full of the misinformation that pollutes modern astronomy. A book from around 1960 to 1980 would be ideal.

    Buy, beg, borrow or steal such a book, read it and you will find the answer to your question, along with many more answers. As a bonus, you will be far far more knowledgeable on the subject that most everyone you know.

  • 9 months ago

    During a space walk ,astronaut's suits see temperatures of over 200°C when in direct sunlight (and -250°C in shadow ) -- but that has nothing to do with a "reduced " distance ,just the loss of the protection of the Earth's atmosphere.

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Don't be silly.  They aren't any closer to the Sun than we are.  Nor do they have a nice warm blanket of atmosphere which holds the heat in down here.

  • Robert
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    The astronauts don't burn in space because there is no oxygen in space. 

  • 9 months ago

    They are sitting in a tin can, far above the world.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    That's why they launch in the winter, when the sun isn't so hot. 

  • 9 months ago

    Actually, they're at practically the same distance we are... in low Earth orbit, *at most*, they're about 300 miles closer - which is about 0.00032% closer to the sun. And, they don't burn up because their suits and their space ships are well insulated against both the heat of the sun, and the cold of space.

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Why do you assume astronauts are "flying next to that huge ball of flames" ??

    They are NOT anywhere close to the sun.  Astronauts are in Orbit around the Earth.

    The Space Station is only 250 miles above the Earth.

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