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Asteroid alert: The Sun will OBLITERATE the asteroid belt

When the Sun is dying, it will heat and expand massively, causing the rotation of the asteroid belt to alter.

The light from the Sun will be absorbed by the asteroids, which then generates a thrust in the space rocks, according to the research published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

This thrust can cause the asteroids to spin rapidly, and as they do they begin to disintegrate, eventually leaving just a cloud of space dust orbiting our expanding Sun.

Astrophysicist Dimitri Veras of the University of Warwick said: “When a typical star reaches the giant branch stage, its luminosity reaches a maximum of between 1,000 and 10,000 times the luminosity of our Sun.

READ MORE: NASA asteroid alert: Radars track a 20,000MPH rock on ‘close approach’

Article source: https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1242132/asteroid-alert-asteroids-2020-asteroid-belt-space-news-science-astronomy

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