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This illustration, provided by NASA on March 29, 2018, shows the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft traveling in space with Mars and Earth in the distance flies. The MarCOs will be the first CubeSats ̵
Some scientists have discovered what will happen to the sun as soon as it dies.
University of Manchester scientists say the sun will become a bright ring of cosmic dust as soon as it dies, according to a new study published May 7 in the journal Nature Astronomy
Scientists wondered if the sun would turn into a "planetary nebula" after dying, which is the case for 90 percent of all active stars. Most stars go from a red giant to a white dwarf, according to Yahoo! News (19659004) But scientists were not sure if this would happen for our Sun, because they were smaller than most stars.
The researchers say the sun ring will be weaker than most others. According to Quartz, the study supports one side of a long debate within the scientific community about how bright the cosmic ring of the sun would be once the star decides to die.
According to The Guardian, older computer models predicted that the sun would lose its outer layers and that the core would slowly heat up, meaning that the outer layers would not shine at all and the dust ring not to be seen.
"We have found these stars with a mass less than 1.1 times the mass of the sun they produce a weaker fog," said Albert Zijlstra of Manchester University in a press release to the study. "That's a nice result … we now have a way to measure the presence of stars at the age of billions of years in distant galaxies."
Do not expect to see this ring soon. The sun will probably survive another 10 billion years.