The scientists revealed that our universe is expanding and that it has only 2.8 billion years left.
It had been thought that the universe will not tear itself apart causing everything as we know to cease existing for 22 billion years, but experts have reduced this time almost tenfold.
It has been known for some time that the universe is expanding and its expansion accelerates as time goes by.
Scientists believe that this quickening expansion is down to the presence of dark energy, which still remains a mystery.
As the universe expands, more dark energy is created, causing the process to get faster.
Eventually, the pace of the acceleration will become so much that that the fabric of spacetime will tear apart, causing everything as we know it to end.
By analysing data surrounding galaxies, supernovae, and ripples in baryon acoustic oscillations – a form of matter – which are all used to measure the presence of dark energy, a team, led by Diego Sáez-Gómez at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, found that the earliest a big rip in the universe can occur is 1.2 times that of the age of the universe – or 2.8 billion years.
Sáez-Gómez quipped to New Scientist: “We’re safe.”
However, his team also found that this may never happen and that the universe may die as a result of a heat death, which would see all the stars die out and everything will drift apart.