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Will the universe rip itself to pieces ?

Posted on Saturday, 4 July, 2015 | Comment icon 9 comments

How will the universe end ? Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 ESO/M. Kornmesser
An event known as 'the Big Rip' could ultimately see the cosmos being torn apart in the distant future.
While it is generally accepted that the universe started with an event known as the Big Bang, the question of how and when it will come to an end has long remained a topic of scientific debate.

Some astrophysicists have suggested that the universe will continue to expand indefinitely until all the stars have burnt out while others have put forward the idea of a cyclical universe that will either spawn a new Big Bang or collapse back down in an apocalyptic Big Crunch.

Now scientists from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee have discovered a new mathematical formulation in support of a third universe-ending hypothesis known as the Big Rip.

In this scenario, the dark energy ( and consequently the universe ) would accelerate in its expansion indefinitely to the point where the forces involved would literally tear the cosmos apart.

"What is known from current observational data is that a Big Rip scenario is possible, although the available data is far from conclusive," said assistant professor Marcelo Disconzi.

"What our paper brings to the discussion is a mechanism that yields a Big Rip in a fairly natural way, in contrast of most models of the Big Rip where unnatural assumptions have to be introduced."

Whichever way the universe will end however it's certainly not something we need to worry about.

If the Big Rip theory turns out to be correct then the destruction of the cosmos won't occur for another 10100 years - that's 10x10, 100 times over - a very long time indeed.

Source: New Statesman | Comments (9)

Tags: Universe, Big Rip

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Athena1979 on 4 July, 2015, 13:14
Yes. Absolutely. New bedtime story for the kids.
Comment icon #2 Posted by SenorDomino on 4 July, 2015, 13:18
A more exciting fate than the big freeze at least
Comment icon #3 Posted by XClashGames on 4 July, 2015, 14:51
Oh aye, nothing more exciting that every atom in the entire universe violently ripping itself apart, good thing I won't be here to experience it.
Comment icon #4 Posted by StarMountainKid on 4 July, 2015, 14:55
It seems like a madman designed the universe.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 4 July, 2015, 15:30
All these theories are dead wrong. I predict a "Big Purée," where all the matter in the universe is ground, pressed and blended to the consistency of a soft creamy paste or thick liquid. It won't look pretty and no one will be around to taste test it.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sundew on 4 July, 2015, 16:39
Yes. Absolutely. New bedtime story for the kids. Grimmer than Grimm's Fairy Tales. Don't forget to tell the little tykes, "But, it could happen tomorrow!" Nighty-night!
Comment icon #7 Posted by schizoid78 on 5 July, 2015, 0:45
big bang is just pretentious theory. I remember reading an book about black hole. The author said, most cosmologist are wrong, but stephen hawking is always right..... S
Comment icon #8 Posted by Rhino666 on 5 July, 2015, 4:40
If I'm reincarnated I might buy a ticket and watch this. Does anyone know what time it starts?
Comment icon #9 Posted by lilnat89 on 5 July, 2015, 19:37
the way things are going it will be man made that causes anything before this will happen

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