Neil deGrasse Tyson on Our Grim Future: ‘We’re in a One-Way Trip to Oblivion’

Science. It can be fascinating and illuminating, but also kind of depressing. Especially when it comes to the future of the cosmos. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about just that with Bill Moyers this week, and talked about the acceleration of the universe towards… well, nothing much, and how there’s no scientific knowledge man possesses that can reverse it.

Moyers broke the seriousness by joking, “You mean the House of Representatives cannot pass an act that will stop this? As they would like to?”

But he moved on to ask what exactly happens to the universe billions and billions of years down the road. Dyson’s answer was blunt and to the point.

There’s no evidence to say that we will ever recycle ourselves. All evidence points to we’re in a one-way trip to oblivion. So the universe expands, the temperature of the universe drops, all stars eventually will run out of fuel. So the stars, one by one, in the night sky will turn off. And in the extremely distant future, a quadrillion years into the future, there’ll be no light coming to us in the day or night sky.

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