When will life on Earth end?


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According to astrobiologist Jack O'Malley-James of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, the sun will grow large enough to extinguish all life on Earth in roughly 2.8 billion years. The planet's non-microbial life will become extinct in 800 million to 1.3 billion years.

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Barring unforeseen events, such as impact events and gamma ray bursts, the lifespan of earth is dependant on the lifespan of the sun. Currently the sun is about half-way through its main-sequence and expanding in luminosity at a rate of approximately 10 percent per billion years. As luminosity increases so will the earth's surface temperature, exterminating first plant-life then complex animal-life and finally single-celled organisms.

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