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Gravitational binding energy of the sun?

  1. Mar 23, 2009 #1
    Could anyone give me a figure (in joules/kilo joules) for this?

    Wikipedia says (on it's gravitational binding energy page) that the gravitational binding energy of a star is equal to about two times it's internal thermal energy.

    I looked for "internal thermal energy" and could not find anything on it at all. I found figures for earth's gravitational binding energy, but not for the sun.

    There's a formula you can do to work it out, but my knowledge of maths is the layman's type, not the type with the "weird symbols" so I would have to have them explained to me.
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