IMHO this is a beautiful scholarly article about the end of the universe http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0221 The Return of a Static Universe and the End of Cosmology Lawrence M. Krauss and Robert J. Scherrer I encourage anyone who has not already seen it to download the PDF. Just follow the arxiv link and click on PDF. It's free. Do you limit your take on cosmology to hard science modeling? Or do you have several channels open at once. Can feelings round out your perception and give extra depth to it, without distorting and mushing things up too much? Any thoughts, favorite poems, other stuff. Here's one I like Blackberries for Amelia By Richard Wilbur Fringing the woods, the stone walls, and the lanes, Old thickets everywhere have come alive, Their new leaves reaching out in fans of five From tangles overarched by this year's canes. They have their flowers, too, it being June, And here or there in brambled dark-and-light Are small, five-petalled blooms of chalky white, As random-clustered and as loosely strewn As the far stars, of which we are now told That ever faster do they bolt away, And that a night may come in which, some say, We shall have only blackness to behold. I have no time for any change so great, But I shall see the August weather spur Berries to ripen where the flowers were -- Dark berries, savage-sweet and worth the wait -- And there will come the moment to be quick And save some from the birds,and I shall need Two pails, old clothes in which to stain and bleed, And a grandchild to talk with while we pick. From Berkshires Week, online http://www.berkshiresweek.com/090403/default.asp?id=article05 ========================= Notice that he has it WRONG, or at least different from the mainstream Lambda CDM model. According to LCDM, our galaxy and its immediate neighbor galaxies, the Local Group, do not get pulled apart. Eventually anything left alive in the neighborhood of Sol will see only darkness because all the stars will have burnt out! But they will not have receded. they will still be there, but burnt out and dark. That's the standard view. Of course it might work out differently but this is a la LCDM. It is the more distant galaxies which are receding and which will eventually be out of our observable range, or their light so redshifted as to be undetectable. Refer to the scholarly paper by Krauss and Scherrer for the straight dope. But WILBUR STILL HAS THE GENERAL IDEA RIGHT: we shall have only blackness to behold. So I like it. It adds something to the picture for me. You? Comment?