VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL MEDIA: What will happen when our sun dies?

Press / Media: Research

Release date: 7/5/2018

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Scientists agree the sun will die in approximately five billion years, but they weren’t sure what would happen next…until now.

A team of international astronomers, including Professor Albert Zijlstra from the School of Physics & Astronomy, predict it will turn into a massive ring of luminous, interstellar gas and dust, known as a planetary nebula.

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/what-will-happen-when-our-sun-dies/

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TitleHow the Sun is going to die
Media name / outletFox News
Media typeWeb
CountryAustralia
Date10/05/18
DescriptionThe Sun will die in 10 billion years. And when it does, it’s going to blow. What’s left of us will become a billowing bubble of dead starstuff.

A dramatic death is predicted for the Sun in 10 billion years time. An international team of astronomers predicts it will puff out in an enormous orb of luminous interstellar gas.

It’s the kind of explosion that produces what’s known as a planetary nebula.
URLwww.foxnews.com/science/2018/05/09/how-sun-is-going-to-die.html
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
Title SHARE THIS — SPACE Now we know what will happen when the sun dies
Media name / outletNBC
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date10/05/18
DescriptionNo one is writing its obituary just yet, but scientists have long known that the sun will die — and now we know what will happen next.

New research by an international team of astronomers shows that once it exhausts its hydrogen fuel in 5 billion years or so, our host star will morph into an enormous ring of glowing dust and gas — what astronomers call a planetary nebula.
URLhttps://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/now-we-know-what-will-happen-when-sun-dies-ncna873041
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleWhat happens when the sun dies: Scientists reveal terrifying moment sun EXPLODES
Media name / outletExpress
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date10/05/18
DescriptionAn international team of astronomers have racked their brains to envision the exact moment the sun ceases to be and transforms into the next stage of its lifecycle.

Up until now, scientists typically agreed the sun lacked the mass required to erupt into a so-called planetary nebula.

Instead it was thought the sun would devolve into a white dwarf star – a star’s core remnant composed of electron-degenerate matter comparable in volume to Earth.

But the reachers have now questioned that assumption to instead suggest the sun’s death will explode in a stellar cloud of gas and dust after developing a new model for the lifecycle of stars.
URLhttps://www.express.co.uk/news/science/957826/Sun-dies-what-happens-star-death-planetary-nebula-white-dwarf
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleThe sun is doomed to explode and turn our solar system into a beautiful nebula
Media name / outletThe Metro
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/05/18
DescriptionThe sun will end its day by turning into a huge ball of gas and dust called a planetary nebula, British scientists have predicted. Astronomers have spent decades arguing about how our star will end its days.
URLmetro.co.uk/2018/05/08/long-got-sun-explodes-destroys-solar-system-7527645/
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleThis is how the sun will die, scientists say - and it's not looking good for Earth
Media name / outletSky News
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/05/18
DescriptionScientists believe they have finally discovered what will happen when the sun dies – and it doesn't look good for Earth.

Experts had long been in agreement about when our star will die - in approximately 10 billion years - but were previously unsure as to how it would go.

Now, an international team of astronomers, including Professor Albert Zijlstra from the University of Manchester, believe they have figured it out - and it ends in a blaze of glory known as a planetary nebula.
URLhttps://news.sky.com/story/this-is-how-the-sun-will-die-scientists-say-and-its-not-looking-good-for-earth-11363661
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleThe sun will die and morph into 'planetary nebula' in 10 billion years, scientists predict
Media name / outletThe Mirror
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date8/05/18
DescriptionWhile scientists widely agree that the sun will die in approximately 10 billion years, until now what would happen to it remained unclear.

Now, researchers from the University of Manchester predict that it will turn into a massive ring of luminous, interstellar gas and dust, known as a planetary nebula.

The team developed a new model that predicts the lifecycle of stars.
URLhttps://www.mirror.co.uk/science/sun-die-morph-planetary-nebula-12499894
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleTHE SUN WILL TURN INTO A VAST SPHERE OF DUST AND GAS WHEN IT DIES, STUDY PREDICTS
Media name / outletNewsweek
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date8/05/18
Descriptionn about 10 billion years’ time, our sun will die. But scientists have been unable to predict with confidence exactly what will happen next.

Ninety percent of all stars end their lives as so-called planetary nebulas—vast, spherical clouds of bright (luminous) gas and dust. Many researchers think this is what will happen to the sun.
URLwww.newsweek.com/sun-will-turn-vast-sphere-dust-and-gas-when-it-dies-study-914390
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleSun 'will flare into massive planetary nebula when it dies'
Media name / outletThe Guardian
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date7/05/18
DescriptionEnjoy the sun while it lasts: in 5 billion years’ time, our host star will burn out, rip itself apart and turn into a massive glowing ring of interstellar gas and dust, scientists say.

Astronomers have long known that the sun will die when it runs out of fuel, but the precise nature of its death throes has been far from clear, even to the most morbid of the field’s practitioners.
URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/07/sun-will-flare-into-massive-planetary-nebula-when-it-dies
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleScientists predict sun will have dramatic death and morph into spectacular planetary nebula
Media name / outletThe Independent
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date7/05/18
DescriptionThe death of our sun will leave a bright and lingering halo visible from light years around, despite its relatively small size, say astronomers claiming to have cracked a 25-year-old problem for the field.

Scientists are widely agreed that the death of our sun will happen in approximately 10 billion years, but have been split on what would come next.
URLhttps://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sun-death-nebula-star-astronomy-nature-manchester-a8340281.html
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleThe death of the sun: Researchers reveal our star will turn into a 'massive ring of luminous, interstellar gas and dust' (but don't panic, it won't happen for billions of years)
Media name / outletMail Online
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date7/05/18
DescriptionBillions of years from now, the sun will die in a dramatic burst of dust and gas, spewing stellar material into space to form a ring-shaped nebula visible across tens of millions of light years.

The nature of our star’s demise has long been a controversial topic; while it’s agreed that it will meet its end in some 5 billion years’ time, at around the ripe age of 10 billion, less is known about how this will transpire.

New research suggests that the sun will transform into a planetary nebula – a massive glowing globe of gas and dust.
URLwww.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5700039/Sun-set-finish-life-planetary-nebula.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra
TitleWhen the sun dies it will turn into a bright dust ring for 10,000 years
Media name / outletQuartz
CountryUnited States
Date7/05/18
DescriptionAstronomers have long hypothesized what will happen once time inevitably snuffs out the sun.

For months, a team of scientists stared into the star, straight into the jowls of the Earth’s eventual demise. They walked away saying, “This is a nice result.”

That’s because they came out of the process with a new model to predict the lifecycle of stars. Compared to other more distant stars, the Earth’s sun is medium-sized (even among other yellow dwarf stars) prompting scientists to wonder whether its size would make it behave differently once it died. Using their new model, based off data with updated calculations of the mass of individual stars, the researchers determined that the sun is just barely big enough to act similarly to some of the faraway stars they’ve observed in their death throes. That is to say, the sun will one day dramatically transform into a bright ring of cosmic dust.
URLhttps://qz.com/1271843/what-happens-when-the-sun-eventually-dies-according-to-the-latest-research/
PersonsAlbert Zijlstra

Keywords

  • astronomy, the sun, astrophysics