Astronomers Witness the Earth’s Demise From the Far Future

Astronomers Witness the Earth’s Demise From the Far Future

No, nobody will catch the ‘eternal youth’ train judging by the current scientific progress of the world. Nobody and nothing in the Universe lives forever, and this even applies to our beloved Earth. In approximately 5 billion years, the Solar System will have much fewer planets than it has now. Unfortunately, our planet is also qualified to disappear.

The Sun will expand its volume tremendously in five billion years, and the Earth won’t have anywhere to go. The planet will be swallowed by the Sun, the same star that has provided us with light, heat, and energy for so much time. But you know what they say that everything must come to an end.

A world premiere

For the very first time, scientists at MIT, Harvard University, and Caltech witness a star swallowing its companion planet, according to SciTechDaily. The event is very similar to the fate of our planet – after about five billion years, Earth will be absorbed by the Sun. 

The demise of the remote planet observed by scientists has taken place roughly 12,000 light-years away from Earth. The planet that got absorbed was about the same size as Jupiter, and it was slowly integrated into its star’s core. 

Kishalay De, the lead author of the study and also a postdoc at the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research of MIT, explained, as SciTechDaily quotes:

We are seeing the future of the Earth,

If some other civilization was observing us from 10,000 light-years away while the sun was engulfing the Earth, they would see the sun suddenly brighten as it ejects some material, then form dust around it, before settling back to what it was.

Both scientists and priests admit that the world will come to an end at some point. We have to cope with the fact that they are entirely right, whether we like it or not. But let’s not forget what Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famous astrophysicist, once said: if you would live forever, what’s the point in waking up in the morning? There will always be a ‘tomorrow’ to try to achieve your goals.

The new study was published in Nature


Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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