Our Sun, five billion years from now

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/hubble-celebrates-halloween-with-a-glowering-dying-star

Of course, as observed from 400 light years away. Who knows what that star looks like now? We’ll never know. It will have been cooling for 400 years, we’re sure, but it is millions of years away from cooling into the carbon blob that is the fate of our star, as well.

In a more populated area of the universe our planetary system would never have got to this stage. It’s pure fluke that a stable region in space could exist long enough to allow intelligent life to form. And more the fluke that two distinct organisms would merge and reproduce to give rise to all of life as we know it.

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Wow, that’s an absolutely magnificent image. Thanks for sharing :slight_smile: