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The Far Future of Our Solar System 122

An anonymous reader writes "Sure, the Universe is expanding, the galaxies are accelerating away from one another, and it's looking more and more like they'll never re-collapse. The timeline of the far future looks pretty grim on large scales. But what's to come of our Solar System: of the Earth, our Moon and our Sun? This tour of the far future of the Solar System, scaling the timescales to the Big Bang being '1 Universe year' ago, puts it all in perspective."
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The Far Future of Our Solar System

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  • Re:Hawking radiation (Score:5, Informative)

    by mark_osmd (812581) on Saturday January 04, 2014 @07:54PM (#45867897)
    That's true right now, the 3K background is higher than the tiny temperature of the black holes. But the background temperature will get lower and lower as the universe expands, eventually it would get lower than the hawking temperature of even the largest black holes. At that point all black holes will be shrinking.
  • Re:Andromeda (Score:5, Informative)

    by TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) on Saturday January 04, 2014 @09:39PM (#45868321)
    When the Milky Way and Andromeda "collide" no stars will collide. Star formation will begin a new due to the exchange of interstellar gases and the two galaxies will merge.

    So that isn't exact the "end" of anything, just the start of a larger galaxy.

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