‘Death Star’ rushing toward Earth could end human civilization

Scientists warn of 14 wandering stars that have been calculated as a ‘collision course’ with our solar system. One of those stars could have the power to end human existence. There is a 90 percent chance that they will reach the outermost edges of our solar system.

Coryn Bailer-Jones, of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany, warns of 14 wandering stars that will pass within three light years of Earth, but one of them is our greatest threat, according to an article published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Scientists warn that it could become our closest encounter.

HIP 85605 is one of the 14 Stars traveling to our Solar System. According to reports, there is a 90 percent chance that they will reach the ends of our solar system, triggering cataclysmic events. Alien star-HIP 85605-will pass in front of our Solar System only 0.13 to 0.65 light-years, or about 8,000 times the distance between Earth and Sun.

Once the HIP 85605 reaches the outer edges of our solar system, scientists warn it will come in contact with the Oort cloud – an extended layer of icy objects that exist at the far ends of the solar system – firing innumerable asteroids toward The Earth, and to 470,000 years from now

If by then we do not develop proper defense mechanisms, life on Earth could be annihilated. The study published in arXiv says: ‘The closest encounter appears to be HIP 85605, a K or M star, which has a 90% probability of reaching between 0.04 and 0.20 analyzed between 240,000 and 470,000 years from now.’

HIP-85605 is currently about 16 light years from Earth. It is a class K cold dwarf that approaches our solar system from the direction of the constellation of Hercules.

‘In statements to Australia Herald Sun, astrophysicist Alan Duffy of Swinburn University said:

‘ Objects are almost never found in space – the distances are so great – but the gravitational influence of a star is enormous, Even something that a light year can shake off objects from the Oort cloud, but there is no doubt that nearby stars in the past pushed Oort into the solar system.

But … forget about asteroids, what about solar radiation? It is known that stars can trigger such radiation that could literally tear DNA from living organisms after destroying a planet’s ozone layer. However, Professor Duffy says that for such a thing to happen, it would have to be extremely – close, almost impossibly – for its radiation and gravity to have any direct effect, reports news.com.au. ‘None of the stars that are likely to come near us are particularly large or bright, which means they will not affect the Earth with its UV rays or heating directly,’ he says. ‘A star 100 times brighter than our Sun would have to approach Earth like Jupiter to be brighter than the Sun in our sky. If it is a smaller star, then it would have to come even closer. The gravity of this intruder would have already thrown the Earth out of our orbit … Fortunately no star is expected to come so close!

(H / T Herald Sun-News.com.au)
Source: Close Encounters of the Star Type

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