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How long will the Sun continue to shine?
A shining and 'well functioning' Sun is critical for our survival on Earth. The Sun was formed almost five billion years ago. At that time, a gas and dust cloud became so condensed due to its own gravity that hydrogen nuclei began to merge with each other and release huge amounts of energy in a process known as nuclear fusion. Fortunately, the Sun's supply of hydrogen is so great that it will continue to shine for another five billion years. However, the intensity of the solar radiation will increase in the future and this will be fatal for life on Earth. As early as two to three billion years from now, the oceans will evaporate and it will become impossible to live on Earth.
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