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Old 06-12-2016, 12:42 PM
Jonathan Chance Jonathan Chance is offline
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Moving Earth out of orbit

OK, so this has happened in fiction a number of times. It's shown having various effects with Earth wandering through space, getting too close to the sun, whatever. This is not the concern of my friend and I right now.

What would it take to do so? In the fictitious version Earth always appears to just quietly go on its merry way. But I'm asserting that the power needed to do so is such that it would cause the Earth to lose cohesion and fall apart like the asteroid belt. The earthquakes alone would wipe out most life.

So what's the scoop? Is there a way to move a planet out of an orbit without destroying it in the process?