WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A group of Harvard physicists reveals that the universe may end in a big bang, just like how it was created.
- The discovery, published in the science journal Physical Review D in March, gave predictions on how and when the universe could end.
- The group says “a collapse could be driven by the curvature of space-time around a black hole, somewhere deep in the universe.”
A team of physicists from Harvard found that “the destabilization of the Higgs boson, a tiny quantum particle that gives other particles mass could lead to an explosion of energy that would consume everything in the known universe and upend the laws of physics and chemistry,” the Business Insider reported.
The group even calculated when the universe will say goodbye. But, it will not be in the near future so, nothing to worry about just yet.
According to the group, the universe will end 10139 years from now or 10 million trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion years in the future. They are predicting that statistically with 95 percent confidence that the universe will stay for at least another 1058 years.
In 2012, the researchers discovered that Higgs boson has a specific mass, by smashing subatomic protons together at the Large Hadron Collider.
That mass could change, if the team is correct, turning physics on its head and tearing apart the elements that make life possible, according to the New York Post.
Since Higgs boson is unstable, instead of burning slowly over trillions of years, it could create an instantaneous bang, similar to the Big Bang that created our universe.
“It turns out we’re right on the edge between a stable universe and an unstable universe,” Joseph Lykken said.
Lykken, who is not part of the study, is a physicist from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
“We’re sort of right on the edge where the universe can last for a long time, but eventually, it should go ‘boom,'” Lykken added.
Source: Business Insider