Exoplanet Could Reveal How Our Solar System Will End

Exoplanet Could Reveal How Our Solar System Will End

Let’s admit it: we were all heartbroken when as kids, we found out at some point that Santa Klaus doesn’t exist. Later on, we had another major disappointment when we found out that all humans would die someday. As for the end of the world, that’s the real deal when it comes to bad news!

Gladly or not, we have so many sources nowadays informing us that the world and the entire Universe will end at some point. But it’s bad enough that at least the Solar System will end, considering that we all live in it. But how exactly will it happen?

Hint comes from 6,000 light-years away

NBCNews.com reveals to us that an exoplanet orbiting a “stellar corpse” reveals how our Solar System’s final moments might look like. Astronomers believe that they’re dealing with a planet that’s similar to Jupiter.

The exoplanet revolves around a white dwarf. If there were other planets around the star, they were likely to have been destroyed. Earth could have a similar fate if the Sun also becomes a white dwarf. And according to what astronomers know, it’s only a matter of time. But don’t worry, unless you somehow found the secret for immortality, you won’t be around when the world ends in roughly 5 billion years.

Joshua Blackman, who is the lead author of the new study, declared as quoted by NBCNews.com:

When the sun balloons outwards in what’s known as its red giant phase, it will likely obliterate Mercury and Venus and possibly Earth.

Whether we like it or not, we all have to somehow deal with the fact that the Universe doesn’t give a single atom if we like to be governed by its laws or not. With every century, decade, year, month, hour, minute, and second, we’re all approaching the end of the world.

The new study was published in Nature.

Cristian Antonescu

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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