Latest Big Rip Stories
Quintessence and phantom fields, two hypotheses formulated using data from satellites, such as Planck and WMAP, are among the many theories that try to explain the nature of dark energy.
Dark energy makes up about 70 percent of the current content of the Universe and thus holds the ultimate fate of our Universe.
When physicists first suggested that our universe could end in a big rip â€“ where all matter would be torn apart by phantom energy â€“ many considered it implausible because it wasn't clear how anything could destroy black holes. Now, Russian scientists say that phantom energy doesn't rip apart black holes â€“ it dissolves them like aspirins in a glass of water.
Accelerating universe -- In the late 1990s, observations of type I supernova produced the unexpected result that the expansion of the universe appears to be accelerating. These observations appear more firm as new data has appeared. This means that the speed with which a distant galaxy recedes from us increases over time. If this trend continues, eventually we won't be able to see any other galaxies any more. This new theory of the end of the Universe has been called the Big Rip....
- A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also spelled 'taphiphobia'.