According to research by scientists at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Western Australia, our universe is losing energy much faster than we thought, and we can only survive for another 100 billion years:
Scientists used seven of the world’s most powerful telescopes to observe the galaxies and map various types of energy output, from far infrared to the far ultraviolet.
Professor Simon Driver from ICRAR, who will present this work at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Honolulu on Tuesday, said the research looks “bleak” but we have a long time.
“It’s going to be a long retirement and a slow dwindling process,” Professor Driver told reporters.
“It’s about 100 billion years or so until all starlight stops being produced.”
While we contemplate our place in the universe and the meaning of life, there’s at least one silver lining to all this:
Our species may eventually wither away, but at least William Lane Craig was wrong.
I’d call that a wash.
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