By Natural Philosopher Mike Prestwood
Timeline Story

Degradation of Earth’s Orbit

Degradation of Earth’s Orbit

Absolute Years From Now: 50000000000
Story Reference Date: 03/27/2024

In about 50 to 100 billion years, then over tens of billions of years, gravitational interactions with other bodies and the loss of mass by the Sun as it becomes a white dwarf could cause the remaining planets’ orbits, including Earth’s (if it survives the Sun’s red giant phase), to decay or become unstable.

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