It can crawl or it can sprint, but what if time came to a blistering halt altogether? It now appears that time could completely vanish from our cosmos and theorists have already unearthed evidence of its impending downfall.
A decade ago, astronomers first observed that as the universe aged, the supernovae were dispersing at a much quicker rate. They anticipated that something must be triggering the expansion of the universe and its acceleration; yet, to date, none have been able to clarify where the “dark energy” instigating this quickening originates from.
Equally, advocates of this philosophy suppose that the natural world can be justified if we eradicate time from the discussion and begin thinking of it as a numerical order of change instead. This concept is preferred to a lot of the general public; however, many scientists dismiss the notion entirely.
This supposition is but one resource for defining dark energy; the inexplicable “anti-gravitational” force that is responsible for causing the accelerating expansion of the universe and driving the galaxies away from each other at an ever-increasing-speed. One of the more taboo conspiracies suggests that we are looking at time and dark energy backward. The universe itself is not actually expanding at in increased pace, but time is essentially slowing down and will eventually cease.
Naturally, the changes in our day to day lives would be so minuscule that we would not notice it.
Professor José Senovilla, Marc Mars and Raül Vera, from the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, and University of Salamanca in Spain claim that dark energy is a ridiculous theory and that the very scrutiny of the ‘accelerated’ extension of the universe is nothing more than a detailed illusion. The appearance of the acceleration is due to time gradually slowing, much in the same way a clock behaves when it is equipped with a dying battery. “If time gradually slows, but we naively kept using our equations to derive the changes of the expansion with respect of ‘a standard flow of time, then the simple models that we have constructed in our paper shows that an ‘effective accelerated rate of the expansion’ takes place.”
Fundamentally, this theory proposes that the fourth dimension of the universe is slowly degrading into a new spatial dimension. If this were the reality, the distant stars that we perceive as moving away from us at in increasing speed would merely be giving off that impression.
Professor Senovilla suggests that, “[t]he theory bases it’s idea on one particular variant of superstring theory, in which our universe is confined to the surface of a membrane, or brane, floating in a higher-dimensional space, known as the “bulk”. In billions of years, time would cease to be time altogether. Then everything will be frozen, like a snapshot of one instant, forever.”
According to the largely acknowledged conjecture of cosmology that aims to clarify the inception of our universe, time itself came into being during the big bang. Consequently, it can also dissolve; which is just the reverse result. There is no need to fret about it happening anytime soon though. In the event that there is truth to this premise, there is still reasonable time left (about five billion years to be exact) before the clock strikes midnight for the final time.