comes this unsettling news:

Sun Will Vaporize Earth Unless We Can Change Our Orbit

I’d say that that’s global warming taken to extremes, right? And the bad thing is, it’ll only take a billion years for the earth to be “a very hot, dry, and uninhabitable ball.” Yikes. That’s like, just around the corner…

Don’t let Al Gore get ahold of this, though; I’m sure he and his buds will want to use it as a reason to slap some tax on somebody…

4 responses »

  1. Graham says:

    Great link, which I’m adding to my favourites.

    I did my Astronomy MSc at Sussex Uni (Sept 1996 to Aug 1997)- Robert Smith, mentioned in the article, was my supervisor for my projec.

  2. Aaron S says:

    “…harnessing the gravitational effects of a close passage by a large asteroid to “nudge” the Earth’s orbit gradually outwards…”

    A large asteroid. I can see it now. Someone falls asleep on shift and BAM.

  3. Don says:

    Hey wait! I saw this episode on Star Trek!

  4. Graham says:

    I’m starting to see it more clearly. You have to increase the Earth’s angular momentum, and so reduce the asteroid’s, which brings the asteroid closer in to the Sun…

    I mean, this has been done on much smaller scales. Any spacecraft that makes a fly-by of Earth alters the orbit slightly, a consequence of altering the craft’s path- “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”; one of Newton’s laws..

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