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4 billion A.D. by ArthurBlue 4 billion A.D. by ArthurBlue
This was a quickie, done in Vue in about an hour or so. It's a direct Vue render, there's no post-work (yes, even the distortion in the sun comes from the render... :)).

Our sun is about 4.5 billion years old nowadays. By the time it reaches 10 billion years, it'll turn into a red giant, extending beyond the Earth's orbit and thereby burning our planet to ashes.

In this image I tried to depict the sun 1,5 billion years before that phase, when it's already big but not yet a red giant. The moon is shattered to pieces by some catastrophic event and forms a ring of debris around Earth.

I didn't try to be accurate at all nor did I aim at realism (what do I know about realism 4 billion years from now?). I aimed at a stylized look, for which I used a basic silhouette style and a basic color palette.

Regarding the lonely walker, there's a metaphorical interpretation, of which I'll not talk, of course. Regarding the physical interpretation and the basic question "how can a man be there 4 billion years from now?", there are various alternatives. I'm not much worried about this but I could think of an evolution of the ape or some other animal to bipedalism, or a time traveler, or an alien visitor or even, why not, man didn't change that much through this time (there's an incredible book "The long afternoon of Earth", taking place more or less at this time, where man isn't that different from today, he's only very small, if I remember correctly).

This is the second image I make around this theme. Here's the other one: [link]
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firestorm31z Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
FYI,   very nice!

There is a running theory by astronomers who think Earth will survive.

Earth is moving away from the sun not sure by how much, but it won't be in the current orbit when Sol expands and eats mercury & Venus and stops at Earth's orbit.

I think astronomers posit that Earth would be like Mercury or Venus in depending on where Earth's orbit currently at.
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I hadn't heard about this theory, that's interesting. For some strange reason (because I will surely not be here by then), it's somewhat comforting. :)
MarieBlackheart Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
fucking awesome!!!!Mother of god 
VICTOX Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
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Whoa awesome!
keel131 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
The moon would have destroyed itself as it spiraled back in to Earth and reached Earth's roche limit and be torn apart by gravity.  Right now, the moon is spiraling out from Earth.  According to astronomers, Earth will likely be uninhabitable in less than 2 billion years.  By 4 billion, the oceans will have boiled off and then we reach your estimates of the red giant phase.  Anywhere from 5 to 10 billion years.
AstanianMammal Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
The red giant sun of the future fits with the old saying "All good things must come to an end."
LadyKenora Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
I bet it would be beautiful to see this scene at night, instead of a moon a beautiful string of sparkling debris and the phases of the moon are just where earth's shadow falls on the ring
AriannaTheKeybearer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is rather beautiful but I will say this.. Thank goodness its a BILLION years from now, billion is a big number..
ArthurBlue Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Yes, it won't be in our life time. :)
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