Fourteen billion years ago,
Photons first became.
Twelve billion years ago they left
The first star ending darkness’ reign.
A star three times older
Than our own life-giving Sun,
Its photons traveled all that time
Till in our scopes their trip was done.
Our Sun will last another
Four or five billion years,
And collapse to carbon ash
Long after we were here.
The first star has had the time
To go supernova.
We see its birth when we look up
Though death has taken over.
Who will watch our Sun expand
And boil away Earth’s seas?
Who will see its giant phase?
Its helium flash recede?
Whoever turns their optics on,
Across the universe,
May still admire our pleasant orb
When Earth’s life has dispersed.
By Kate Rauner
In my science fiction novel Venture, a space station encounters the evolution of a
main sequence star, along with asteroid mining and crew conflicts. Journey with them.
Thanks to straightdope.com which reposted this article from April, 2000 – another message from the past.
The fate of our Sun is explained here: universetoday