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Twilight of the universe
Telegraph (UK) ^
| Roger Highfield
Posted on 08/08/2003 3:29:23 PM PDT by LibWhacker
The future of the universe is dim - astronomers say it is fading into darkness after studying 40,000 galaxies in the neighbourhood of the Milky Way.
The "fossil record" concealed in their starlight was used to build up a detailed account of how many young, recently formed stars there were at different periods in the 14-billion-year-old cosmos.
There have not been enough new stars turning on to replace all the old stars that die and switch off, says the study by Ben Panter and Prof Alan Heavens from Edinburgh University's Institute for Astronomy, and Prof Raul Jimenez of the University of Pennsylvania.
The findings will be published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
"The age of star formation is drawing to a close," said Prof Heavens. "The number of new stars being formed in the galaxies we studied has been in decline for six billion years - roughly since the time our Sun came into being."
TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: twilight; universe
"The future of the universe is dim - astronomers say it is fading into darkness..."
Does this mean I should cancel my dental appointment for tomorrow?
posted on 08/08/2003 3:33:23 PM PDT
Buy stock in Cyalume Light Sticks! The stock price is guaranteed to go up when this happens.
posted on 08/08/2003 3:37:23 PM PDT
Reservations for two please:
posted on 08/08/2003 3:39:37 PM PDT
We are toast.
posted on 08/08/2003 3:41:43 PM PDT
Right, it will all fade to black. Unless somebody does something about it.
Don't everybody raise your hand at once. Must conserve energy so it lasts 16 billion years instead of 15.9 billion years.
posted on 08/08/2003 3:47:28 PM PDT
(Destroy the dark; restore the light)
Don't be surprised if Algore blames Bush for this.
I'm sorry, the Mice got the last table. Please wait until after the Disaster Area concert and there will probably be an opening. Oh, and there's a robot named Marvin who wants to talk to you about 4 billion years of back pay. You left him waiting on Magrathea, you know.
posted on 08/08/2003 3:53:07 PM PDT
To: LibWhacker; duckman; Arkinsaw; Brett66; Argus
When the end of the world arrives how will the media report it?
USA Today: WE'RE DEAD
The Wall Street Journal: DOW JONES PLUMMETS AS WORLD ENDS
National Enquirer: O.J. AND NICOLE, TOGETHER AGAIN
Playboy: GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE
Microsoft Systems Journal: APPLE LOSES MARKET SHARE
Victoria's Secret Catalog: OUR FINAL SALE
Sports Illustrated: GAME OVER
Wired: THE LAST NEW THING
Rolling Stone: THE GRATEFUL DEAD REUNION TOUR
Readers Digest: 'BYE
Discover Magazine: HOW WILL THE EXTINCTION OF ALL LIFE AS WE KNOW IT AFFECT THE WAY WE VIEW THE COSMOS?
TV Guide: DEATH AND DAMNATION: NIELSON RATINGS SOAR!
Lady's Home Journal: LOSE 10 LBS BY JUDGEMENT DAY WITH OUR NEW "ARMAGEDDON" DIET!
America Online: SYSTEM TEMPORARILY DOWN. TRY CALLING BACK IN 15 MINUTES.
Inc. magazine: TEN WAYS YOU CAN PROFIT FROM THE APOCALYPSE
Microsoft's Web Site: IF YOU DIDN'T EXPERIENCE THE RAPTURE, DOWNLOAD SOFTWARE PATCH RAPT777.EXE.
Sun: ARMAGEDDON TOLERANT SOFTWARE NOW AVAILABLE!
posted on 08/08/2003 3:54:05 PM PDT
(God made us Freepers, Prozac made us friends.)
New York Times - Daschle Deeply Saddened
Washington Post - Apocalypse Traced to 20th Century Bush Administration
BBC - Apocalypse to Be Worse Than Expected: US Involvement
posted on 08/08/2003 4:05:02 PM PDT
"The starry sky above me, the moral law within me...."
posted on 08/08/2003 4:20:18 PM PDT
New York Times: Universe to end, minorities and women most effected
The Village Voice GAY BISHOP PRAISES PETERING OUT OF UNIVERSE
The New York Times
HEAT DEATH OF UNIVERSE ANTICIPATED
Women, Minorities To Be Hardest Hit
posted on 08/08/2003 4:52:55 PM PDT
(Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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