The Universe Is Officially Dying

Aug 11, 2015 at 4:12 pm |

It’s the End of the World – and Everything Else

Welp, it was fun while it lasted.

Since the ’90s, scientists have had an inkling that the universe was in decline, but these latest findings prove that over 200,000 galaxies have gone and kicked the can.

This information comes from an international team of astronomers who presented their work for the International Astronomical Union. The study used some of the world’s most powerful telescopes to measure the energy output of hundreds of thousands of nearby galaxies on a broad scale of 21 different wavelengths, from ultraviolet to far infrared. The result?

“The Universe will decline from here on in, sliding gently into old age. The Universe has basically sat down on the sofa, pulled up a blanket and is about to nod off for an eternal doze.” – Simon Driver, head scientist at the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) project.

Basically, the original blast of energy produced by the Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago is winding down, and the measured energy production from nearby galaxies is only about half of what it was two billion years ago.

So what does that mean for us? Luckily, we won’t even begin to feel the effects of the universe’s slow and painful death in our lifetime, so you can go back to worrying about that presentation you have to give on Friday. Don’t forget to SHARE with a friend!

Welp, it was fun while it lasted.