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Dying Earth. Image 5 of 9. Artwork of the bloated Sun baking the remains of the Sphinx statue 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 into the red giant phase seen here as it uses up its nuclear fuel. All water on Earth has evaporated into space. The wisps of cloud comprise hot gases formed from the breakdown of rocks. Earth will be a barren world devoid of life. 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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