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Glory days, yeah, they’ll pass you by.
New data further confirms that our 13.8 billion-year-old universe is well past its prime, and is slowly fading out.
The Australian-led project known as Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) has been measuring the energy output of stars for the last few years, and the team of 100 scientists discovered that the output is only half what it was 2 billion years ago.
“The universe has basically sat down on the sofa, pulled up a blanket and is about to nod off for an eternal doze,” said Simon Driver, a leader of the GAMA project (whose team released the video at top) and a professor at the University of Western Australia, in a press release. “The universe is fated to decline from here on in, like an old age that lasts forever.”
Astronomers have known since the early 1990s that the universe was fading, and the GAMA team used seven of the world’s most powerful telescopes to study over 200,000 galaxies across 21 energy wavelengths to figure out how this was happening. The study was presented Monday at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Hawaii.
Joe Liske, one of the researchers and a professor at the University of Hamburg, compared the process to a dying fire. “The stars die, like a fire dies, and then you have embers left over that then glow but eventually cool down,” Liske told NPR. “And the fire just goes out.”
Luckily, the fire won’t go out for at least a few more billion years.