If the sun disappeared, would we still see the image of the sun for 8 minutes?

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Ok so this might sound like a dumb question but I read it takes 8 minutes for light to reach earth and if the sun disappeared or went dark, we would have roughly 8 minutes of light before it got dark. Would the image of the sun still be there also or would we just have light for 8 minutes without a visible source?

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TLDR: Yes

Because of the speed of light if the Sun were to suddenly disappear it would take 8 minutes for us to notice.

Another thing people often don’t realize is that the speed of light is also the speed of causality. If the Sun were to disappear Earth would be flung off into space because of the loss of the Suns gravity, and that too would take 8 minutes to happen.

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