JOHN R. FOSTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN R. FOSTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
In four to five billion years the sun will swell into a red giant star, enveloping the inner planets Mercury, Venus, and likely Earth. Soon to be completely vaporized, the Earth and the distant moon are racked by intense volcanism and blasted by searing heat and radiation in this artist's depiction of the event.
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