WARNING: Prepare to have your mind absolutely obliterated with the infinite possibilities contained within this article!
I have previously written about space, and how incredibly fucking big it is. This isn’t the end of that story. No, not by a long shot. I’m going to drop some (literal) science on you, so prepare to be blown away. Previously I had written how space has no end. You can’t go to the end of the universe and then come back. Would you like to know why you can’t? Because there is no end. Space hasn’t stopped creating space yet. Welcome to Part Two of my series on the mysteries of the Universe.
Ok, brace yourselves. Here’s the thing - if you are a believer in the Big Bang, as I am, you must realize it has to follow one of the most basic tenets of physics. Newton’s first Law of Motion states “In an inertial reference frame, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by a force.” Simply stated, unless something stops an object from moving, it will continue to move.
About 13.8 BILLION years ago, the Big Bang occurred. If you apply Newton’s first Law of Motion, it would imply that the Universe is still expanding. Let that sink in for a minute. The Universe is still expanding. The ridiculousness of the hugeness of the entire Universe can’t even be fathomed because it’s not done becoming a Universe yet. There is nothing out there to EVER stop the Universe from expanding.
Add to that the idea that as the Universe expands, it stretches what it had already created. We are too far away from the active Universal expansion to really feel the effects, but understand that every second of every minute of every day, we are stretching farther apart from everything in the known and unknown galaxy. So as the Universe is birthing itself,it’s also slowly decimating itself in an almost imperceptible way. Humans (doubtful they’ll be alive long enough, but still) won’t feel the effects of this stretch for another 13.8 billion years, give or take. Unfortunately, our sun will have died out by then. Fear not,though, because humanity will have wiped itself out way before then, possibly by 2024.
Next time, we will explore the mystery of what I think was here before the Big Bang.