The Ethereum Merge Final Countdown has now started.

The formal start of Ethereum’s Merge is now scheduled to occur between September 13 and 16. Today’s activation of the Bellatrix upgrade signals the start of the switchover from Ethereum’s proof-of-work (PoW) chain to the proof-of-stake (PoS) Beacon Chain.

The activation took place at about 11:35 UTC and was planned for epoch 144896.

After then, the Merge will occur when the Terminal Total Difficulty (TTD) value reaches 58,750,000,000,000,000,000,000, which is anticipated to occur somewhere between September 10 and 20. Currently, predictions see it happening around September 15.

The network will combine its Execution layer with the new Consensus layer when TTD hits 58,750,000,000,000,000,000,000. The chain will then proceed utilizing the PoS consensus method.

During this time, PoW mining on Ethereum will become impossible due to a rise in the amount of difficulty.

Considering that the Beacon Chain was initially presented in December 2020, The Merge has been anticipated for a while.

Goerli, Ethereum’s third testnet, was the penultimate run-through before the mainnet Merge last month.

The energy-consuming proof-of-work phase of Ethereum will come to an end when the Merge is finished. The next stages for Ethereum will be to use sharding and rollups to solve scalability problems.

Ether’s (ETH) price is $1,665, up 6.24% in the last day.

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