The Red Sun

We avoided the last day on Earth, by changing our orbit and avoiding the red giant phase of our Sun which would have destroyed our habitable zone.  We have long since known that the Earth’s orbit was too close, and it would be swallowed if we did not change its course.  Our oceans would have been vaporized; solar radiation would have blasted away the hydrogen from the water as the Sun ballooned into a swollen red giant filling the sky.  We got lucky being able to control micro black holes from our super collider research, enabling us to compress a lot of mass into a small enough space, resulting in ripping objects from the very fabric of space and time, and becoming singularities.  We were able to use this micro black hole’s gravity to pull Earth into a new orbit, approximately the same as Mars, so we could be safe from destruction.

Once we got a handle on dark matter and dark energy, we were able to pull our moon along for the ride.  Our studies of the Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming will give us the control to keep our planet warm, even though we are now 35 million miles farther away from the Sun than we used to be, and the Sun is now only half as warm as it once was.  Our Sun should remain as a red giant for another billion years, before it shrinks back down to a white dwarf, and all the life-giving light dissipates from it, but hopefully we can develop interstellar travel before that happens.  It is a good thing that Superman moved to a different solar system, as this red sun would surely have killed him.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Nekneeraj’s Photo Challenge #318.

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