Yes, the universe is dying a slow death
For those of us who believe the universe is the only infinite thing that exists, we are in for a rude awakening, or rather, snooze.
Researchers from the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) project released data at an astronomical conference in Hawaii.
Simon Driver, a professor at the University of Western Australia explains, "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."
For two decades, scientists have known that the universe is dying. The GAMA project uses 21 wavelength measurements from infrared to ultraviolet to calculate the strength of signals from different parts of the universe. The returned results indicate that the energy is depleted across all measurable wavelengths.
Joe Liske of the University of Hamburg explains that "Once you've burned up all the fuel in the universe, essentially, that's it. The stars die, like a fire dies, and then you have embers left over that then glow but eventually cool down. And the fire just goes out."
Fortunately for our sake, the final light won't go out until several billion years from now.
Facts about the age of the universe:
The universe is estimated to be nearly 13.82 billion years old.
The age of the universe can be calculated by maesuring the age of the oldest star clusters, the speeds of different galaxies, and the rate of acceleration.
The recent Panchromatic Data Release used to calculate the universe's death speed is the largest survey ever released to date.
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