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Will Earth leave our solar system?

In Liu Cixin’s short story “Wandering Earth (opens in new tab)” (first published in the Chinese magazine Science Fiction World in July 2000), Cixin paints a picture of a planetary leader agreeing to push Earth out solar system escape from the imminent flare This is expected to destroy all terrestrial planets.

The story is fiction of course, but can Earth really leave the solar system?

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