In several billion years time a whole new universe could open up within our own universe and replace it.
This cyclical universe concept is just one idea physicists have been theorizing on since the discovery of the Higgs Boson which underpins the workings of all the matter we see around us. By exploring the properties of the particle it may be possible to determine what fate awaits our universe in the distant future. The idea of a universe that cycles every so often would potentially sidestep the existing conundrum of what would happen if the universe simply kept expanding forever.
"What happens is you get just a quantum fluctuation that makes a tiny bubble of the vacuum the Universe really wants to be in. And because it's a lower-energy state, this bubble will then expand, basically at the speed of light, and sweep everything before it," said Dr Joseph Lykken.
Scientists say they may be able to determine the eventual fate of the cosmos as they probe the properties of the Higgs boson. A concept known as vacuum instability could result, billions of years from now, in a new universe opening up in the present one and replacing it.
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