Physicist Brian Greene just told Colbert how the world will end


When we get all caught up thinking about the zombie apocalypse, the robot revolution, or something a little more realistic, like say, an antibiotic-resistant superbug that could seriously wipe millions of us out, we’re talking small-time ‚end of the world‘ stuff. Robots might rise up against us and destroy humanity forever, but the world will keep on spinning, and the Solar System will still have eight planets (sorry Pluto).

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But nothing is forever, no matter how many billions of years you’ve existed, and theoretical physicist Brian Greene just demonstrated to Colbert exactly how our home planet will come to a fiery end once and for all.

Now, we don’t want to alarm you or anything, but at some point, our Sun is going to run out of fuel, collapse in on itself, and destroy everything in its enormous vicinity.

If you have kids, that’s something you maybe want to give the delicate ‚birds and the bees‘ treatment to when it comes time to explain that little nugget of truth to them, lest they end up like one of Louis CK’s daughters, when he decided to marvel at the incredible, flaming violence of it all:

„She started crying immediately, crying bitter tears for the death of all humanity… and now she knows all of those things: she’s gonna die, everybody she knows is gonna die, they’re gonna be dead for a very long time, and then the Sun’s gonna explode. She learned that all in 12 seconds, at the age of seven.“

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