. . . if your definition of nigh is 7.59 billion years .

One of the scientists responsible for calculating the end-time figures was asked to comment further:

Dr. Smith called the new result “a touch depressing” in a series of e-mail messages. But “looked at another way,” he added, “it is an incentive to do something about finding ways to leave our planet and colonize other areas in the galaxy.”

You first.