You certainly won’t live long enough to watch the Sun die.
But if humans are around several billion years from now, they’ll have to find a way to survive an inevitable catastrophe.
Our Sun is currently in its main sequence stage of life but will hit its red giant stage in approximately 5 billion years.
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Scientists recently observed a system that looks a lot like our own, only at a different place in its life cycle: its main star is a cold, dead white dwarf.
These findings were published in Nature on October 13.
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And a planet orbiting around the white dwarf is likely to be a gas giant similar in profile to Jupiter, only 40 percent more massive.
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“If humankind wanted to move to a moon of Jupiter or Saturn before the Sun fried the Earth ... we’d still remain in orbit around the Sun, although we would not be able to rely on heat from the Sun as a white dwarf for very long.”
Logistically, it would probably require some form of technology to create new heating systems on a distant body, plus all the other challenges of living off-Earth.
But that’s for the humans living billion of years from now to figure out.