“The Universe will not end but will only rip the matter inside it.”
Cause of the Big Rip
4.7 billion years ago, a force known as dark energy overpowered gravity. Up until then, the Universe's expansion has been decelerating. However, dark energy caused it to start accelerating. Eventually, dark energy will be the strongest force in the Universe.
Events Before the Big Rip
A few interesting events will happen before the Big Rip. They are extremely destructive. Here they are:
- 60 million years before the Big Rip - galaxies are ripped apart.
- 3 months before the Big Rip - planetary systems break apart.
- 30 minutes before the Big Rip - celestial bodies explode.
- 100 zeptoseconds before the Big Rip - atoms are ripped apart.
After the Big Rip
After the Big Rip, the Universe would become an expanse of space, time, energy, and strings, the building blocks of matter which are still matter.
For the Dullards
A zeptosecond is 10-19 seconds.