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 Earth orbit
 12 billion years from now

Mean temperature
 2,400C *

Future Earth: Earth losing its atmosphere to red giant Sun 12 billion years from now; chromosphere; ablation; vaporization; exoplanet transit; eclipse, phase curve observations - Space Art Illustration Geologic Time Scale

Eon: Undefined


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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