The entire universe will eventually be progressively torn apart by its continual expansion



The Big Rip theory predicts that the entire universe will eventually be progressively torn apart by its continual expansion. One hypothetical example of the theory places the end in approximately 22 billion years time


Caldwell, Robert R.; Kamionkowski, Marc and Weinberg, Nevin N. (2003). "Phantom Energy and Cosmic Doomsday". Physical Review Letters 91