The Future Of Us And Our Universe


Harrison Zuritsky, Business Editor

Everything in our universe is always moving in one continuous motion. As our solar system and galaxy move with time into the future, fundamental aspects of our society and the planet we inhabit will change.

Within 1000 years, due to the evolution of languages, no present-day words will survive. And after 2000 years, extreme global warming will cause all the ice sheets to melt, Greenland’s ice to melt, and sea levels to increase by 6 meters.

In 1986, a flawed nuclear reactor fell apart in Chernobyl, a city in Ukraine, and 5% of its radioactive parts escaped and contaminated the city. In the year 20,000, Chernobyl will finally be safe for humans to inhabit due to Earth’s constant motion to a more natural state.

Detoxification, which occurs due to the spread of nature, will not take very long, in fact it is possible for the city to be safe within 20 years from now.

After 50,000 years, Niagara Falls will disappear. The river flowing towards the falls, and the falls itself, will be eroded as water continuously moves through the falls, pulling rocks through the river making it smooth.

100,000 years from now, the titanium (a key element in MacBooks) will start to corrode (the metal will be destroyed due to chemical action). A super-volcano or a large climate-altering asteroid will likely affect the Earth. The stars at night will look completely different due to the Earth’s continuous movement through the galaxy.

In 500,000 years, the used fuel that entered our atmosphere will be gone, reducing carbon dioxide levels. There will also be a new global freeze.

In 1 million years, everything, including all glass created today, will be degraded, but massive stone structures like Mount Rushmore and The Great Pyramids of Giza may still exist. Concrete and wood structures will be gone due to nature running its course and taking over the abandoned buildings; cities will be covered in greenery and all of the metal and concrete will weaken and collapse.

Some scientists propose that, in 5 million years, the Y-Chromosome will die out, making it impossible to create men.

50 million years from now, Africa will collide with Eurasia, creating a mountain range similar to the Himalayas. Antarctica’s ice will melt and the sea levels will rise by 246 feet. (Don’t worry, the entire galaxy could be colonized by then!)

In 250 million years, the continents will start moving to create a new supercontinent.

In 800 million years, photosynthesis will no longer be possible due to the sun’s expansion, destroying all multicellular life. Too much light energy would damage plants’ biological structure and prevent photosynthesis from happening.

2 billion years from now, the Earth’s core will freeze, and the planet will stop rotating, which means there will be no magnetic fields or protection from the sun. The surface temperature will hit 296.6 degrees Fahrenheit. All life on Earth will be dead.

In 7 billion years the sun will hit its maximum radius, 265 times its current size. Mercury, Venus, and Earth will be destroyed. 20 billion years from now, all matter could be torn apart by the expansion of the universe. And 100 trillion years from now, all the stars will die out except for white dwarfs and neutron stars. White dwarfs turn into neutron stars as they age, but both can last up to 20 billion years. This is because the surface temperature of a white dwarf decreases as the star cools, which further slows the star’s rate of cooling.

In 100 quintillion years, if the Earth has not been consumed by the sun or a black hole, the earth’s orbit will decay. All black holes will be gone…but the universe will keep on moving.