A Voyage Through the Life of Our Solar System: The Stardust Spangled Birth
The more we learn about the solar system, the more we're able to understand how it formed – and how it's likely to all come to an end.
Science & Tech
As humanity has reached further into space, we've come to learn a lot more about the lifecycle of the solar system.
From a collapsing cloud of gas into a brand new star to an accretion disc with planets vacuuming up debris, to measuring how much gas the Sun's got left in the tank and calculating we've got about another 4.5 billion or so years left in this thing.
After that, the Sun will start to exhaust its fuel and our solar system will enter its long, terminal decline and eventual death.
We are talking about a cosmological timescale that, to us, is unfathomably long in concrete terms, so none of us will be around to see any of these events come to pass.
But what if we could take an eternal galactic bird's-eye view of our small plot of the galaxy from start to finish? What would that lifecycle look like? Let's find out!