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When will the world really end ?

Posted on Saturday, 22 December, 2012 | Comment icon 53 comments

Image credit: NASA/ESA

There was no apocalypse on December 21st 2012, so when can we really expect to see the end of days ?

Unless we are unlucky enough to be hit by an asteroid or neighboring supernova, the end of life as we know it is likely to be so far in the future that it isn't something anyone will have to worry about for eons. The Sun still has several billion years of life left in it and when it dies it will become a red giant, scorching the Earth and anything left living on it.

This might seem like a disturbing thought, but given that it took us far less time to evolve from single-celled organisms to sentient, space-faring homo-sapiens, the chances that we will still be living here as we do now by that time are infinitesimally small. If indeed the human race does still exist by that time, regardless of what our species might have evolved in to, whatever happens to the Earth will be of no consequence to our survival.

"New research has aimed to determine what the last life forms on Earth will be, and what kind of abodes they will cling to before the Earth becomes sterilized."

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Comment icon #44 Posted by Kealiga on 24 December, 2012, 7:05
Is it as everybody wants the world to end? Well they simply can't predict it. It may never end. In future (far future) they might have this technology to tell them when the world will end.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Kim is Canadian 2 on 24 December, 2012, 9:02
It was a great excuse for a party!
Comment icon #46 Posted by minera on 24 December, 2012, 17:26
Well, since nothing happened as predicted by the doomsayers, maybe we can just get back to living. All this hoopla about the end of the world traumatized many people especially children. I don't understand why they continue trying to find another 'doomsday'?
Comment icon #47 Posted by Quaentum on 24 December, 2012, 17:30
The world ended and we're in re-runs
Comment icon #48 Posted by Hartmut on 25 December, 2012, 4:13
All those doomsday promoters are either totally ignorant or out to fleece and exploit vulnarable and gulible people (not unlike certain religions and dictators). The only real and certain doomsday will happen when the sun comes to the end of its run, or when we are stupid enough to start a nuclear World War 3. Until then, enjoy your life and have a Happy New Year 2012 - and beyond. :-)
Comment icon #49 Posted by Th3HitmaN on 25 December, 2012, 6:26
nobody can ever predict when the worlds gonna end
Comment icon #50 Posted by brlesq1 on 25 December, 2012, 9:41
I think humankind will disappear long before the world does.
Comment icon #51 Posted by kapow53 on 3 January, 2013, 23:48
The world ends for about 153,000 people each day
Comment icon #52 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 4 January, 2013, 2:50
never the world will never end!!!enough is enough with these B.S prophecies by these prophets!!!stop being easily deceived and led people.don't be human can predict the end of the world!!!its just a way to make money and scare people!!!spread love not fear
Comment icon #53 Posted by TheSearcher on 4 January, 2013, 10:27
never the world will never end!!!enough is enough with these B.S prophecies by these prophets!!!stop being easily deceived and led people.don't be human can predict the end of the world!!!its just a way to make money and scare people!!!spread love not fear Weeeeeeeeell, the world is certainly not for ever, it will eventually end, like everything else. But you do have a point, enough with the bs already. Even if, and that is a rather sizable IF, a global catastrophy is going to happen in our life time, it cannot be predicted as such. As KC says, stop being led and deceived so easely... [More]

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