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Could the universe be about to collapse ?


Posted on Saturday, 14 December, 2013 | Comment icon 28 comments

How long does the universe have ? Image Credit: NASA / Victor Bertol
Scientists have highlighted the possibility that the universe may one day collapse in on itself.
Despite the fact that the universe appears to be expanding, some scientists believe that there is a very real chance that the cosmos may one day begin collapsing - a process that could see all matter in the universe condensing in to a tiny, super-hot and super-heavy ball.

The concept is known as phase transition and is based on what would happen if the value of the Higgs-field associated with the recently discovered Higgs Boson particle becomes different to that of the rest of the universe, prompting an uncontrollable chain reaction in which all elementary particles would become extremely heavy.

"Yes, the universe will probably collapse, and a collapse is even more likely than the old calculations predicted," said Jens Frederik Colding Krog who co-authored an article on the subject. "Maybe a collapse is starting right now right here. Or maybe it will start far away from here in a billion years. We do not know."

It's not all bad news however as, according to Krog, if scientists happen to come across other undiscovered particles in the universe that invalidate the whole idea of phase transition then the likelihood of a total collapse becomes practically negligible.

Source: Red Orbit | Comments (28)

Tags: Universe, Higgs

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by qxcontinuum on 16 December, 2013, 4:37
That is exactly what i've said in one of my previous posting. The universe is also contracting in a continuous pulsatory energo- kinetic phase.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Frank Merton on 16 December, 2013, 4:46
The earth has been making its way around the sun now for some four billion years without the universe collapsing. While the past is no guarantor of the future, it does make the universe lasting a little longer seem likely.
Comment icon #21 Posted by qxcontinuum on 16 December, 2013, 5:35
There wasn't 4 billions. The calculations are wrong. It is much less than that. The isotope dating is extremely inaccurate.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Frank Merton on 16 December, 2013, 5:51
There wasn't 4 billions. The calculations are wrong. It is much less than that. The isotope dating is extremely inaccurate. Yea, sure, like you are an expert. Buddha, give me strength and patience.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Zerocoder on 19 December, 2013, 14:41
If the universe collapses, at least we will all go together. Fine with me. was about to say that lols.
Comment icon #24 Posted by JGirl on 19 December, 2013, 14:55
Wasn't this theory put forward decades ago under the name "Big Crunch"? I thought big crunch was the name of a candy bar
Comment icon #25 Posted by third_eye on 19 December, 2013, 14:57
Oh oh .. what's that creaking sound I hear ? ~
Comment icon #26 Posted by Eldorado on 19 December, 2013, 15:06
I thought big crunch was the name of a candy bar If/when a giant shower of massive meteors from nowhere comes hurtling directly towards earth and we're told we are all doomed, I'm hoping they call it the 'Big Laxative'.
Comment icon #27 Posted by spud the mackem on 19 December, 2013, 23:52
I want to know if it collapses how big will the ball be (ref #post 1), golfball, tennisball, football, or beachball size, then the Big Bang theory can start all over.
Comment icon #28 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 22 December, 2013, 23:18
I'm thinking they should get someone else to write this journalists rephrased quotes. said the phase transition will start somewhere in the universe and spread from there. Ya think?


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