We’re lucky, you and I, as we sit here on our wet, rocky orb, careening around the Sun’s gravity well like a roulette ball refusing to pick a number. It’s nice out here on the goldilocks ellipse.
Ever wonder what would happen if a giant space finger suddenly brought Earth’s solar orbit to a screeching halt? If your intuition says “bad stuff”, then you’re on the right track.
Aatish Bhatia has written an informative and frightening account of Earth’s final 64.5 days, and since we’ve just completed another trip around our life-giving hydrogen fusion reactor, it’s a good time to remember why we shouldn’t take Earth’s forever fall for granted.