Charles Gilman wrote:
Isn't "the Sun eating planets in our solar system" a good description of
what will happen when it expands to a red giant larger than Earth's (and
possibly Mars') orbit?
Mercury and perhaps Venus at most. The mass loss episodes that will
precede the Sun swelling into a red giant will cause the planets' orbits
to spiral outward, and so when the Sun actually does reach its red giant
phase, Earth and Mars (and of course the rest of the planets) will
likely be spared orbiting inside its interior. Not that this will spare
them from anything else, though ...
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