If the Sun's solar wind increased 100 times how would the Sun evolve?


It would then be about 10^-12 solar masses per year. In 5 billion years to the red giant phase, the Sun would only have lost about 1/200 of a solar mass which would do almost nothing to change its nuclear burning process, and it is that which dictates how rapidly it will evolve.


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