Based on the latest estimations of the French and Canadian’ astronomers, the two newly discovered exoplanets KOI 55.01 and KOI 55.02 gives us details about the future evolution of the Earth.
It’s estimated that the sun will die in about 5 billion years, at which point it will turn into a star belonging red giants class. The Earth will be vaporized within this complex and dramatic cosmic process.
The astronomers have discovered this two planets by pure chance when they have studied the data sent by the Kepler space telescope. Their past is like the future of our planet, researcher estimated.
“When the sun will expand and become a red giant, it will swallow the Earth. There’s no doubt about this scenario. If a small planet like the Earth will spend a billion years near a red giant, it will evaporate. Planets only whose masses are considerably larger than the Earth, like Jupiter and Saturn, will be more likely not be destroyed”, said Dr. Elizabeth Stewart Green from the Observatory of the University of Arizona.
5 billion years are many years in the future, but that doesn’t mean just over 5 billion years we must find another Earth to escape this cataclysm. This is a progressive process, researchers estimate that between 100-500 million years the Earth will look like Venus, with surface temperature of 500°C.
So what about Earth? Will humanity’s home stick around after the death of the Sun, even if it is as some scorched, crispy lump? Probably not
So if we don’t destroy our planet until then, we have to find an alternative Earth. One question is, will we live so long?
Note: Nasa’s Kepler space telescope is built specifically to look for worlds outside our solar system. It scans distant stars for ‘distortions’ that indicate a planet has passed in front of it, using an array of digital camera sensors.