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    Alright. I'm gambling this is where I need to be because it involves stars.
    I'm trying to put some detail to a broad idea I'm working on for a piece of fiction, and that's where brighter minds than mine come in.
    Mind you, most of the following is for a story plot and has only the slightest basis in real science, if any at all.

    Based on this article I've come up with an idea how to end the universe. The article poses that the universe expanded from nothing, because nothing is inherently unstable. In turn, this led me to fantasize that the universe could also contract back to its original state. This would suit my story pretty well, because for dramatic effect I want one person to see another in their direct vicinity disappear into nothingness and have time to realize they're next. Yes, I'm taking a whole heaping lot of artistic license. It's fun.
    Before all that drama, two astronomers need to notice the event in its early stages, and that's where I need some light sciencing done.

    What would they see?
    These guys have access to the good stuff, so I'm expecting they're getting readings on a computer, rather than looking through an actual telescope. And as it's written now, they're seeing stars disappear, starting at the furthest stars we can see. Eventually the contraction comes close enough to disappear local planets.

    If we pretend this could actually happen, can we imagine what such a catastrophe would look like?

    And, while I have your attention, here's a bonus question: What kind of people have access to bad-ass telescopes or other systems that can look far enough into the universe to give us time to worry about our impending doom?
    Do "regular" people have the option to use these systems?


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    You might imagine a galaxy composed of anti matter that was destroying all in its path(and itself) aa it moved between the normal matter galaxies.

    The boffins in the white coats might spot this in the distance (billions of light years away) and then they get panicked by a strange astronomical object that seems to be growing very fast within our own Galaxy (obviously moving towards our own solar system)

    A bit of romantic intrigue might not go astray as the head scientist has to work with his estranged wife and they need to cooperate to save the planet from the Mysterious White Blob!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by geordief View Post
    a galaxy composed of anti matter
    Interesting. I shall have to look deeper into that.
    Heh. The story might turn out te be crap, but at least I'll have learned stuff.

    On a side note, I'll probably need to get rid of some romantic intrigue. I know slightly more of that than antimatter, so I might have a little too much of it already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakkerbaard View Post
    On a side note, I'll probably need to get rid of some romantic intrigue. I know slightly more of that than antimatter, so I might have a little too much of it already.
    It's all the same thing: Opposites attract, and when they get together, you get a big bang, heat, and some light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tk421 View Post

    It's all the same thing: Opposites attract, and when they get together, you get a big bang, heat, and some light.
    Could there be an analogy for the presumed "original" Big Bang in this notion?

    That the BB resulted when two opposite "energy/matter" something-or-anothers ran into each other, and "you get a big bang, heat, and some light"?

    Sure seems familiar in the way you stated that. Cannot imagine anyone knowing what happened to cause the BB, but this would be a great starting place.
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