A miserable future awaits the Universe

February 17th, 2009 - 2:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Feb 17 (ANI): A cosmologist has predicted a dark and gloomy future for our Universe, where an observer would see that all evidence of the big bang has disappeared and the entire cosmos have gone into a static eternity.

The prediction has been made by Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University (ASU).

In his lecture, titled Our Miserable Future, Krauss discussed the impact of new discoveries, including the key facts that the universe is flat and the dominant form of energy in the universe resides in empty space.

While significantly impacting our understanding of the future of our universe, these changes have also effected the questions asked in modern cosmology, forcing researchers to confront several profound questions.

Are fundamental cosmological questions falsifiable? Are the laws of nature fixed, or environmental? Are there fundamental cosmological limits to knowledge, and to life? asked Krauss, a professor in ASUs College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where he is a faculty member in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department.

The revolutionary developments of the past decade have forced us to confront truly fundamental questions at the basis of science, he added.

In the far future, all evidence of the big bang will disappear and scientists will think we live in a static eternal universe, explained Krauss.

According to Krauss, looking out at a night sky twinkling with distant light, its a disturbing challenge to imagine that one day far in the future we will be alone in a dark empty universe.

The rest of the universe will disappear before our very eyes, he added.

We may live at a very special time in the history of the universe. Understanding why that appears to be the case is one of the biggest open questions in cosmology, said Krauss. (ANI)

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