PhysicsFilter: What would happen if the earth suddenly disappeared?
August 23, 2010 3:41 PM Subscribe
I've often wondered what exactly would happen if the earth suddenly disappeared (as if by magic - not by an implosion or other comparatively slow moving process) and we were left, for a moment at least, floating in space. If the atmosphere would survive this event, how long would it last? Would we be instantly crushed by the vacuum of space? I'd love to hear some theories from people more knowledgeable in meteorology and physics than myself.