This little rock we call home is only 4.5 billion years young. A heartbeat in the lifespan of the universe. A universe which could last for trillions of years or more. Compared to a human life however it’s still a very long time. In this timescale rock moves like a liquid and existing human structures disappear very quickly.
The universe’s pace only seems slow to us because we’re so short lived. Speed things up and our continents slide along Earth’s surface like lily pads. The candles of the night sky, stars, wink in and out of existence in the swirl of galaxies colliding and remerging. Stellar nurseries churn out stars for untold millennia then fade away to be replaced by their offspring. For an idea of how truly vast the universes’s timescale is visit here.
Below is an infographic which goes through the lifespan of our pale blue dot from today to the end of its days.
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For more of Andrew’s writing visit his outer space/entrepreneurship blog Landing Attempts.