Puffy Stars and New Planet – our future in 5 billion or so

This is pretty cool – yet another new planet discovered and yes, not a big news story. But one of these days, there is a great chance that one of this little blurbs will be a precursor to the biggest news story ever…

But back to this. They found a “puffed-up” red giant star with a big planet still orbiting out of reach. In 5 billion years or so, this is very likely our solar system. Our sun will expand into a red giant, eating or burning Earth to a crisp. But the Saturn system may be nice and toasty – if life is there on Enceladus or Titan, it may expand onto the surface with the extra heat. If not there, it may start because of the added heat.

Food for thought about the ultimate purpose of all things…

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