Stars are dying – space is emptying out
SPACE. The idea is that if you don’t know what you’re looking at (we don’t) you get experts to call it soemthing. So you have dark matter. You have dark energy. You have…SPACE. A new study says the universe is not making anything new right now. Stars are not in vogue. The big machine operated by whales that makes them is breaking down. Caleb A. Scharf notes:
First, 95% of all the stars we see around us today were formed during the past 11 billion years, and about half of these were formed between roughly 11 and 8 billion years ago in a flurry of activity. But the real shocker is that the rate at which new stars are being produced in galaxies today is barely 3% of the rate back 11 billion years ago, and declining. This indicates that unless our universe finds a second wind (which is unlikely) it will only ever manage to produce about 5% more stars than exist at this very moment.
This is, quite literally, the beginning of the end.
Quick! Get another expert to tell us that’s rubbish – thing we can neither see nor feel are not vanishing!
Spotter: Most distant object ever observed. Hubble Space Telescope undated image of what is thought to be the most distant object ever observed. The fuzzy enlarged photo of the galaxy MACS0647-JD can be seen at the top of the picture. The cluster of stars 13.3 billion light years away is believed to be the most distant object ever observed. Light from the tiny embryonic galaxy began its journey to Earth just 420 million years after the Big Bang that created the universe. See PA story SCIENCE Galaxy. NASA/ESA/Hubble/PA Wire. Date: 16/11/2012