The Puzzling Contradiction Of The Faint Young Sun Paradox

Astronomers Carl Sagan and George Mullen discovered a puzzling contradictions in 1972. They called it the Faint Young Sun Paradox. It is generally understood that there must have been water early in Earth's history in order to spawn life. But, it is also accepted by scientists that the sun was dim in the early years, and not hot enough to make Earth a cozy, warm place ripe for life. So what gives? Hear about this paradox and more in the videos below. (By the way, scientists in the past few years think they may have found a solution.)

The Faint Young Sun Paradox

Life on Earth should have been impossible given what we believe about the sun.

The Relativity Paradox

If you're in the mood for a headier paradox, here ya go!

3 Time Travel Paradoxes

As much as you may want time travel to exist, you have to admit there are a lot of obstacles in making that logic seem reasonable.

Written by Curiosity Staff December 5, 2016

Curiosity uses cookies to improve site performance, for analytics and for advertising. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.