Impending Doom (Synopsis)

“From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom.” –Nikola Tesla

Stability: it’s the hallmark of the Solar System. The motions of all the planetary bodies are regular and periodic. The paths of the various objects never cross, and everything that has continued for billions of years should continue, undisturbed, for billions more.

Image credit: Mark Garlick / Science Photo Library.
Image credit: Mark Garlick / Science Photo Library.

Unless, of course, something came along to mess that up! In our Solar System, the comets and asteroids do occasionally pose a danger, but it’s generally considered that these events are rare. It’d be a pity if something were to happen to make these collisions a lot more common.

Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech.
Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech.

Although it’s not happening anytime soon, that’s exactly what’s in store for us! Come learn about our impending doom, and why we might want to start thinking long-term sooner rather than later.