Not only is it not shrinking, its expansion is accelerating. Here's a good link explaining how the universe is expanding and will be continuing to do so:
hey Mr. Wolfeyes,you are joking right?Your one of these trolls aren't you?my own eight year old has taken a big interest in the universe through his school as they covered it and he could tell you that it's still expanding and getting faster as it does so.
I never said I agreed with the theist, I'm simply trying to understand why one would produce such an argument. I personally don't believe him
My apologies,I read your question wrong and jumped to the wrong conclusion.And I usually hate that when other people do it DOH = (
He's been told that science is wrong & bad. Therefore, the Truth must be the exact opposite of whatever science says. Yes, it's a really, really stupid viewpoint. Best just to laugh & point when you hear whargarble like that.
Short answer: the universe is not shrinking, but expanding.
Long answer: it's been theorized that at some point (we are talking possibly trillions of years) the universe will stop expanding and start shrinking, or it will continue growing further apart until all the subatomic particles are so far away from each other that they'll stop moving and everything will freeze, but by then anything similar to life would have been long gone.
At least that's what I understood from some Physics text I read in college.
No, it's expanding. Just google it.
Far from it! The universe is actually expanding at an accelerated rate quicker than had been previously calculated due to the presence of dark matter and dark energy. Any claim against this is pure crap!!
Although it is currently expanding, there is a theory that it's rate of expansion will not continue growing infinitely, but will cease acceleration of it's expansion and actually slow down, or even reverse. I understand that dark matter/energy is the main topic behind the theory, but that's as far into it as I know, and is a little strange considering dark matter/energy is suppose to be what is increasing it's acceleration in the first place.
What is known for certain is that currently it is expanding. Ridiculously.
It is interesting to imagine a civilization born into such darkness, with nothing but their home cluster to know of. What theories they would have in contrast to ours... Very interesting.
The 'collapse' theory was shared to me by my physics professor at the U of MN, but he is a self-declared old coot and I don't think he keeps up well with cosmology. No more than I do, at least. I will have to do some reading, now.