Don't worry about the end of the world just yet, says Russian President Vladimir Putin. We've still got 4.5 billion years left.
Vladimir Putin wrestles tigers and harpoons whales in his spare time, so he's not the kind of guy who'd be afraid of a little apocalypse. But no matter, because the Russian president has assured us that the world will not end on December 21, as some doomsdayers predict.
In a three hour long press conference Thursday, Putin told the media that human beings still have plenty of time to enjoy Earth.
I know when the end of the world will come. In approximately 4.5 billion years.
If I remember rightly, the functioning cycle of the sun is 7 or 14 billion – we are now in the middle. I may be wrong. I think 7 billion or 4.5 billion years have already passed. So in 4.5 everything will end. The reactor will just turn off, and then the end of the world will come.
But until then, there will be other things going on with the sun. It will turn into a white dwarf.
When a journalist asked Putin is he was afraid of the apocalypse, he replied, "What is there to be afraid of? It is unavoidable."