Geologic Time Scale
Earth losing atmosphere to red giant Sun
In about 12 billion years our Sun, now as a red giant, will continue to expand, eventually reaching the orbits of Mercury and Venus, consuming and vaporizing those planets down to their constituent elements."
In this image the Sun's girth is approaching Earth and its enormous heat is driving away the Earth's atmosphere, boiling the oceans, and incinerating all organic matter.
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