Guardian reports on the rise and fall of the cosmos (via SlashDot).

Present day

New calculations show that star formation has peaked. Not enough new stars are being born to replace those dying. Astronomers say the universe is getting dimmer.

5bn years ahead

So many stars have gone out that scientists predict the universe will be half as bright as it is now. The sun will swell to become a red giant until it engulfs Earth.

? billion years ahead

All the stars have long burned out and the cosmos is a cold and dark place. Dead stars and black holes are all that remain.

Better enjoy the good times while they last. With all the advances in modern medecine you might still be alive then.

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