There's more to the beginning of the universe than a loud noise

13) (Back to the Bigger Picture…)

All things that have a beginning must have an ending (and a beginning again… but that’s another story). We have travelled 14 billion years, but we are nowhere near the end yet. At worst, we are are in middle age, but the end of space time is so very far away that you shouldn’t let it spoil your plans for next weekend. It won’t even affect the plans of any of the weekends of your great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren, or even of their great-great-great-great x 10 to the power of 4 grandchildren. The end is much further away than that.

Eventually though, things will start to fall apart. Our planet’s spin will slow, and the days will stretch out. Our Sun will grow older, and colder, and as its fuel runs out it will expand, becoming a red giant that swallows the earth whole. The sun will become unstable, and pulse in bursts of high-energy light, until it collapses right back down to a white dwarf, and carries on to glow like the embers at the end of a bonfire.

The entire universe won’t last forever either. The energy that created space and gave the universe the possibility to grow and evolve will keep pushing it outwards at ever accelerating rates, spreading matter into nothingness.

In the end there will be entropy.
No new stars will be born.
Black holes will evaporate.
The universe will die a quiet,
dignified death.

But in the grander scheme, all will not be lost. It is now pretty accepted the other universes exist, and if they do, then they may be able to be spawned from a universe such as ours. Out of the multiple creative events that have taken place during the journey of our universe, there may have been some exotic events that created fluctuations, ripples, vibrations of the right frequency to create seeds that would grow, or bubbles that would inflate, into entirely alternate universes.