What will be the ultimate fate of the Universe?

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Offline Joe L. Ogan

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What will be the ultimate fate of the Universe?
« on: 25/01/2010 15:33:19 »
What will be the ultimate fate of the Universe.  I know of several theories but I would like to see some discussion about the ultimate fate of the Universe.  Thanks for comments.  Joe L. Ogan

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What will be the ultimate fate of the Universe?
« Reply #1 on: 25/01/2010 17:00:52 »
I don't think there will be an ultimate fate.

The matter in the universe will keep on expanding, drifting ever further apart. Alternatively, it may stop expanding and become 'stable'. (Used in the loosest context of the word). Or it may collapse in on itself, in one, or any number of, 'singularities' and then explode again, in another 'big bang'.

Personally, I prefer to go with the cyclic universe hypothesis.
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« Reply #2 on: 26/01/2010 01:29:23 »
Absolutely impossible to say, at our current level of knowledge and understanding.  There is simply too much about the way the universe works that we know we don't currently understand that any hypothesis is almost guaranteed to be wrong.

You could come up with the right answer by guesswork, but like I say, any hypothesis based upon what we currently know must by definition be incomplete at best, and totally wrong at worst.
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