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Now Who’s Being Naive?

From a reader:

Jonah, 

You wrote, “Insect and fungal atoms will outnumber human atoms until this planet is consumed by the sun.”  This will be even longer than you imagine, as current models suggest that the Sun will never swallow the earth.  The combination of solar winds and the Sun’s decreasing mass will probably mean that Earth just gets kicked out to a wider orbit.  This is discussed briefly on this delightful page; it’s number 3 under the “Fall-back Methods.”  Also mentioned on Wikipedia, so it must be true.

 

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