A new study by 100 some-odd scientists has seemingly confirmed what we’ve known all along: the universe is slowly dying. Findings from the Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) project revealed the energy output of the nearby universe is only half of what it was just 2 billion years ago—and that energy output is still decreasing, though at a very, very, very slow pace.
Professor Simon Driver, head of the 100-member research team, likened the universe’s current predicament to someone dozing off on the couch. “The Universe has basically plonked itself down on the sofa, pulled up a black and is about to nod off for an internal doze.” Oh, great. Hope it set an alarm.
Scientists have long thought that the universe was dying, and the new data pretty much confirms these suspicious. By observing 200,000 galaxies in 21 wavelengths—from ultraviolet to far-infrared—researchers witnessed an alarming trend: there’s a reduction in output across a wide range of wavelengths.
At an estimated 13.8 billion years old, it’s no surprise to hear the universe has become less active.
“It will just grow forever, slowly converting less and less mass into energy as billions of years pass by until eventually, it will become a cold, dark and desolate place, where all of the lights will go out,” said astronomer Luke Davies.
Hope you’re not afraid of the dark! Not that you’d be around to see the lights go out. Astrophysicists believe the process will take trillions of years. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to stop and enjoy the sunset every now and then.
You can see a visualization of the GAMA survey in the video below.