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  1. I don't expect this topic to light the forums ablaze with discussion, but y'all need more sciencey stuff, and I thought that the article was hella interesting, so ner. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23135934 Also happening just over a billion years from now: The moon will finally be far enough away from the Earth to escape its orbit, and either hurtle into the sun or one of the other planets, settle into an orbit around the sun or a gas giant, or be ejected from the solar system entirely. Thereafter, the Earth's oceans will collect around the polar regions, devastating what complex life remains (which will already be having a hard enough time dealing with the sun, heat and vanishing water sources), and the planet will probably soon after become tidally locked to the sun (one side constantly facing it, the other always facing away). A billion or two years after all life vanishes even from within the Earth's crust, the sun will enter its Red Giant phase and vaporize the planet entire, alongside Mercury, Venus and possibly maybe also Mars. It's a bleak future, but also rather fascinating for me because, well, it's the beginning of the end of life as we know it, and it's not coming in 4 billion years or so when the sun goes up, it starts in just a billion years' time. Hopefully scientists will soon be able to predict exactly what will become of the moon, by using the data we have on the moon's orbital speeds and rate of outward movement, and that of the orbital speeds and paths of the Earth and other planets and moons' orbits too, to build models predicting what is likely or probably going to occur.
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