posted on Jan, 20 2005 @ 07:49 PM
The rate of the expansion of the universe is supposed to be increasing. Its also supposed to have started increasing 'recently' (relative to the
time of the universe anyways) and thats after a period of dramatic slow down. Vague theories suggest its anything from dark matter ot dark energy to
the quintessence or, when all else fails, 'strings'.
I read a short article on the fate of the universe under that system of increasing expansion. Instead of the 'Big Crunch' where gravity overpowers
expansion and everything collapses, over time, into a single black hole, and instead of the 'Big Chill' where the universe has expanded so much ,
but there's no extra energy input, that everything slowly slowly freezes down to nothing; they proposed a new idea. That the rate of increase keeps
increaseing, and the universe literally rips itself apart, space-time cleaves into proportionally smaller and smaller peices as the expansion of the
peices gets faster and faster. They suggested that in the last seconds, any humans around or whatever would see the breakup occur between, say, super
clusters, then galaxies then within galaxies to between stars all the way down to ultimately the subatomic level.
Wish I could recall where I read that tho, it was Nature or Science maybe. Perhaps national geographic.