Before it finally goes out, scientists say, our Sun will abruptly become so bright, it’ll grind the entire asteroid belt down into dust — obliterating it with the ferociously bright light of a dying star.
“Not only will our own asteroid belt be destroyed, but it will be done quickly and violently,” said University of Warwick researcher Dimitri Veras, a lead author of the new research. “And due solely to the light from our Sun.”
The effect won’t be pronounced enough to disintegrate planets — but it will herald the end for our dying system.
Fortunately, he says, we have about six billion years to prepare.
READ MORE: Just Before Our Sun Dies, Its Light Will Shatter The Asteroid Belt to Dust [ScienceAlert]
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