Could the Earth one day leave our solar system?

In Liu Cixin’s short story”The Wandering Earth (opens in a new tab)” (first published in the Chinese magazine Science Fiction World in July 2000), Cixin depicts a scenario in which the leaders of the planet agree to propel Earth out of solar system to escape an impending Solar eruption which should decimate all terrestrial planets.

This story is, of course, based in the realm of fiction, but could Earth ever really leave the solar system?

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