Good News for Immortals
Aubrey de Grey and, for that matter, anyone else who plans to live forever, is probably feeling very relieved today....
Aubrey de Grey and, for that matter, anyone else who plans to live forever, is probably feeling very relieved today. Astronomers announced that they have observed a planet that survived the fiery ballooning of its local star. This outcome is inevitable: Eventually, even our Sun is going to run out of hydrogen and blow up to 100 times its present size, transforming into what’s known as a red giant. As a result, scientists figured that Earth has only about 5 billion years left.
Now, though, it appears that our lovely little planet could survive the Sun’s transformation. That said, it probably wouldn’t be a very nice place to live. Any of our kind who are still around at that point will probably have moved to another locale.—Gregory Mone
(Image credit: ESA)