Seeing the Death of Our Solar System (Kinda)

The Cosmic Companion
Oct 15 · 4 min read

The death of our solar system (due in less than five billion years) is seen acting out in another solar system

An artist’s concept of Jupiter and our Sun as a white dwarf in the distant future. Image credit: W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko

If you are still around in five billion years (spoiler alert, you won’t be), you will witness our Sun expand into a massive red giant star, swallowing Mercury, Venus, and (perhaps) the Earth. Our stellar parent will then shrink into a white dwarf, leaving behind a cloud of gas…