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Old 05-15-2019, 09:00 AM
 
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What are the long term implications of that? Does it mean that there is a greater chance that the Big Rip will happen?
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:08 AM
 
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Yes, what we can see and touch around us is really just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the universe's machinery is hidden away where we can't seem to find it. Most perplexing.

Contender for best post of the year (so far).
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:30 AM
 
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What are the long term implications of that? Does it mean that there is a greater chance that the Big Rip will happen?
Our known universe is less than 14 billion years old,. so far there is no effect on our galaxy from the expansion. It would take 100 billion years of expansion for anything to happen, no sense in worrying about theories that may never happen.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:07 PM
 
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Our known universe is less than 14 billion years old,. so far there is no effect on our galaxy from the expansion. It would take 100 billion years of expansion for anything to happen, no sense in worrying about theories that may never happen.
True, but it's something of interest to cosmologists. At this stage dark energy has no impact on the Local Group, but down the line that may very well change.

The Big Rip postulates that the expansion rate accelerates to the point that even the atomic structure eventually breaks down.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:59 PM
 
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The degenerative era will happen well before the big rip so we'll all be long dead anyway.

Sorry for the downer of a post lol
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:27 PM
 
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The degenerative era will happen well before the big rip so we'll all be long dead anyway.

Sorry for the downer of a post lol
I’m still hoping that these predictions are entirely wrong.
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