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Solar evolution and the distant future of Earth

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Abstract:

Peter Schröder, Robert Smith and Kevin Apps take a speculative look at what the future may hold as the Sun becomes a supergiant.

Astronomy textbooks tell us that one day the Sun will expand to become a red supergiant of enormous size, finally swallowing its inner planets, including Earth. However, recent solar evolution models, which account for a realistic amount of mass loss, suggest a (slightly) less catastrophic future for our planet.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1468-4004.2001.42626.x

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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