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Dying Earth. Image 4 of 9. Artwork of the Sun baking a recently-exposed fossil human skull hundreds of millions of years from the present time. The Moon is seen in front of the disc of the Sun, showing how much the Sun has expanded. The Sun will heat up and expand as it ages and uses up its nuclear fuel. All water on Earth will boil off into space. This will leave the Earth a hot and barren world. Clouds of hot gases fill the sky as the rocks decompose in the extreme heat. For a sequence showing the death of the Earth as the Sun expands and dies over the next five billion years, see images E402/058-066.
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