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Best time-waster yet: Timeline of the far future

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Remember that one gullible kid on the block who used to have nightmares for a week when you told him the Sun was going to consume Earth in the way distant future?

Well, his sister is still mad at you, but if you run into him at the local watering hole this holiday season, you could always drop a hint to check out the best time-wasting article on Wikipedia to date, the Timeline of the far Future.

Here’s a sneak peek of the worst that’s yet to come:

50,000 years: “Niagara Falls erodes away the remaining 32 km to Lake Erie and ceases to exist.”

1 million years: “Highest estimated time until the red supergiant star Betelgeuse explodes in a supernova. The explosion is expected to be easily visible in daylight.”

1.4 million years: “The star Gliese 710 passes as close as 1.1 light years to the Sun before moving away. This may gravitationally perturb members of the Oort cloud; a halo of icy bodies orbiting at the edge of the Solar System. As a consequence, the likelihood of a cometary impact in the inner Solar System will increase.”

Full story at Wikipedia via Kottke.

Fun with the future.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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