More than 20 ‘death stars’ heading towards earth could WIPE OUT life on Earth
A star called Gliese 71, and around 19 other stars, pose a direct threat to Earth warn astronomers who have calculated that 20 ‘alien stars’ are hurtling towards Earth and could cause cataclysmic events as they approach our solar system.
Scientists warn that more than 20 ‘death stars’ are currently traveling towards our solar system and could give rise to apocalyptic comet strikes that could WIPE OUT life on Earth.
But don’t pack your bags for the Andromeda Galaxy yet, this event is likely to occur in the next million years or so when around 20 ‘death stars’ will come within 3.26 light years of our sun.
While this distance may seem a big one, experts warn that it’s more than enough to deflect comes away from their original route, and catapult them towards Earth—dramatically increasing the chance that one of them will wipe out life on our planet.
This dire warning comes after experts published a study that analyzed how often alien stars stray into the Oort cloud—an extended shell of icy objects that exist in the outermost reaches of the solar system.
In the study, astronomer’s point one particular event dubbed Gliese 710, in 1.3 million years.
This star is predicted to travel roughly within 2.3 TRILLION kilometers or 6,000 Earth–sun distances, well within the Oort Cloud, and that’s not good for Earth warn astronomers.
Coryn Bailer-Jones, of the Max Planck Institute for in Heidelberg and the paper’s author, told the Guardian how “Certainly anything coming within that distance you should worry about.”
Scientists explain that not all close encounters necessarily mean that comets will be impacting Earth. All of this greatly depends on a mixture of good luck and where exactly the Earth is in orbit relative to the passing star.
This graph from the Guardian explains the future event in the best way possible:
Even if Earth somehow manages to survive the apocalyptic approach of Gliese 710, the scientific paper estimates how a further 490 to 600 stars will approach the outermost edges of our solar system within the next couple of million years.
These estimates are based on calculations from movements of more than 300,000 stars that have been observed by ESA’s Gaia satellite.
But the impact an alien star will have on Earth, or other planets in our solar system depend on its mass and speed. Experts warn how a ‘rogue’ alien start would need to approach within 60 trillion kilometers before it starts to have an effect on the solar system’s distant reservoir of comets—the Oort Cloud.
However, GAIA scientists say that of all the stars, only Gliese 710 which currently sits some 64 light-years away may pose a threat to our solar system, but not in another 1.35 million years.
However, scientists note that the direct consequences of this passing star are so great that it has been deemed by many experts as one of the biggest threats over the next 10 million years.
Scientists are slowly beginning to understand what dangers exist in the universe. They hope to extend their cosmic search and look deeper into the past while trying to understand what was responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs, some 66 million years ago.