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(UPI)   Team of experts says the rate of new star formation in the universe is only 1/30th of its peak and is in an ongoing decline. This is obvious to anyone who has gone to seen any movies lately   (upi.com) divider line 18
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2012-11-07 10:28:15 AM
Great. It's going to be really boring in another 20 billion years.
 
2012-11-07 10:30:44 AM
It's because Obama was re-elected. The Republicans would have really bolstered star production.
 
2012-11-07 11:59:35 AM
Did some monk finish writing all possible names of god?
 
2012-11-07 12:02:33 PM
Somebody alert Frank Drake.
 
2012-11-07 12:08:41 PM

Dinobot: Did some monk finish writing all possible names of god?


without any fuss, the stars were going out
 
2012-11-07 12:11:32 PM
This is clearly a man-made phenomenon. I demand grant money to study anthropogenic universal star birth rate decline. Quick everyone we need to hold a summit!
 
2012-11-07 12:14:27 PM

Kingly Weevil: It's because Obama was re-elected. The Republicans would have really bolstered star production.


It's because of all these regulations. We need to eliminate some laws of physics and let the invisible hand sort it out.
 
2012-11-07 01:00:43 PM
So does that mean that the heat death of this universe has already started?

Man, we can't even live in space yet. Let alone pop into another dimension once this one burns out.
 
2012-11-07 02:04:52 PM
Universal Shrinkage is real!
 
2012-11-07 02:09:16 PM
I wouldn't worry. In about 5 billion years, Andromeda will swing by for a booty call and we'll have another baby boom.
 
2012-11-07 02:15:19 PM
Universal star production decline is a myth. Our universe is bigger, brighter, and better than any other universe in history, and it's still growing at a healthy and sustainable rate. It took just picoseconds for it to expand to billions of times its initial size, and the innovation, drive, courage, and determination embodied in the forces that inspired that initial expansion are alive and well today. Do not give in to the fear that the universe will soon begin to shrink from the nefarious effects of dark matter, spread by those who would see our universe contract back to the days where only a handful of subatomic particles existed. I for one believe that our universe will prevail, but it can't do so without faith, perseverance, and vast regions of interstellar dust being disturbed by gravitational waves causing it to clump together at a geometrically increasing rate until the fires of stellar fusion ignite in a brilliant flash. A brilliant flash of hope and promise.

Thank you.
 
2012-11-07 03:14:54 PM
Meh, the writing was on the wall once we got past baryogenesis, what with having run up 99.99999% of the Universe's available entropy in the process. But it wasn't until the neutrinos decoupled that things really started going downhill...
 
2012-11-07 04:16:42 PM

Psychopusher: I wouldn't worry. In about 5 billion years, Andromeda will swing by for a booty call and we'll have another baby boom.


That Andromeda chick is crazy for us. You know she can't wait until we wrap these spiral arms around her.
 
2012-11-07 04:26:26 PM
I blame Bush.

(Nice headline, subby.)
 
2012-11-07 07:41:49 PM
Peak nucleosynthesis.
 
2012-11-07 08:53:17 PM

Egoy3k: This is clearly a man-made phenomenon. I demand grant money to study anthropogenic universal star birth rate decline. Quick everyone we need to hold a summit!


Climate change denier humor sure is a proper subset of right wing humor.
 
2012-11-07 09:09:46 PM
So, this may be a dumb thought, but if what we know of our universe is based on information 18bn years old, and we simply extrapolate from there, how do we "know" this?

If, say, light reached us much slower, and all we saw was one sunset, how could we know there'd be a sunrise?
 
2012-11-09 01:36:33 PM

Kit Fister: If, say, light reached us much slower, and all we saw was one sunset, how could we know there'd be a sunrise?


My mom called down from upstairs once that the sun had risen, so there has been at least one.
 
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