There have been rumors and rumors of rumors that say that the universe will be destroyed at any given moment. Warning signs are new each and every day, proclaiming that the conditions are just right for a cataclysmic happening. Is this true?
Stephen Hawking wrote, in the preface of his new book, that there may be cause to worry. In this space, he writes about a cosmic bubble that can alter the present field of energy. Although this may seem like no cause for concern, it can actually be devastating to the point that everything in existence can just cease to be.
The cosmic bubble that Hawking speaks of is a vacuum effect created in the Higgs field. When energy levels change, a vacuum bubble can be created, which can suck up everything in its direct path. All this pertains to the Higgs Boson particle which can be responsible for the ultimate doom of the universe.
What is the Higgs Boson?
In 1964, a group of scientists predicted the existence of the Higgs Boson particle, or “God Particle”. Many decades later, Stephen Hawking proved its existence. Surrounding the Higgs Boson particle is the Higgs field energy levels which fluctuate fairly randomly and control mass. Although they do change from time to time, it is usually in very little amounts. The Higgs field, in fact, fills the missing area of the standard physics model. Only three forces can be explained: Electromagnetic, strong and weak forces and gravity. If the Higgs field was included in this group, it might actually explain quite a bit.
125 billion electron volts was measured using the Hadron collider. Apparently, this is exactly the amount of force that is needed to keep the universe stable. If this force were to ever become unstable, so would the fabric of the entire universe.
Fortunately, our fate rests on the speed in which the energy field of the Higgs Bison is changing, and it is indeed changing over time. Since the changes are slow, the universe should not be adversely affected for another billion years or so. Unless of course, quantum tunneling came into effect. Considering the fact that slow changes to the energy field can trigger quantum tunneling, this could be an issue. Maybe, we simply have no idea what will happen. Even if theories prove to be right, there will be nothing that can stop the end.
Physicist Joseph Lykken says that the universe is in a very interesting state. It seems to be balanced upon the notion that nothing should happen for a very long time, but it will definitely be destroyed eventually. There is no forever, where the universe is concerned. Eventually, the conditions will be just right and it will all be over.
This may not be a very positive outlook to consider, but it is a logical one. Hawking is usually, almost always right when it comes to the secrets of the cosmos. Although we may have a billion years to get ready, it never hurts to be aware…that nothing lasts forever.