What’s the future of the human race and our beloved planet Earth? The Timeline of the Far Future from the BBC plots out predicted events for the next 1,000, 1,000,000 and up to 100 Quintillion years into the future!
As it is the beginning of the year we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead.
First, we brought you a prediction of the forthcoming year. Then we brought you a timeline of the near future, revealing what could happen up to around 100 years time. But here’s our most ambitious set of predictions yet – from what could happen in one thousand years time to one hundred quintillion years (that’s 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 years). As the song says, there may be trouble ahead…
They had to use an exponential scale, so each inflection point represents a jump in the timeline scale by a factor of 10. The icons are small, and some are hard to figure out. They had enough space they could have made those larger. The circles are also sized by the magnitude of each event, but these seem to be arbitrary.