After analysing the data from nearly two lakh galaxies, an international team of astronomers has come to the conclusion that the universe is slowly dying and has remained only half what it was two billion years ago. But there is no need to panic as there is still about 100 billion years to go, said the researchers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) in western Australia.
"We used as many space and ground-based telescopes we could get our hands on, to measure the energy output of over 200,000 galaxies across as broad a wavelength range as possible," explained ICRAR professor Simon Driver.
The survey data, released to astronomers around the world, includes 200,000 galaxies each measured at 21 wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the far infrared and will help scientists better understand how different types of galaxies form. The study set out to map and model all of the energy generated within a set volume of space.
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The universe is dying but no need to panic as there is about 100 billion years to go, say researchers. You can file your income returns now— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 11, 2015
Why does the universe exist? Well, if you really want to know: http://t.co/qw0YXZfRge— TED Talks (@TEDTalks) August 11, 2015
The universe is dying, but don't worry - you're dying faster. http://t.co/HGGLzSdhim— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) August 11, 2015
It's ok Universe. I'm slowly dying too. 'The Universe is slowly dying,' study shows http://t.co/pLxAPBRuHW— Scruffy (@dixonshuman) August 11, 2015
Cheer up everyone, it's not like the universe is dying or anything....oh... http://t.co/sZE1qy8Lce— Mark (@yokelbear) August 10, 2015
The universe itself vast in its entirety and chaotic in its ways follows the strict laws of nature. Everything big or small must have order.— ????????? (@Mr_Rager_1) August 12, 2015
@smarx_ science-y people said the universe is dying today, so maybe the post-Batman comics world is coming soon.— Aaron Long (@juice005) August 12, 2015