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The Future of the Universe

   What will be the fate of the Universe? Will it last forever or will it end? That question has been in our thoughts since humanity first began to think. We may still be far from answering the question, but we are at least able to predict certain possiblities. In our current model of the Universe there are 2 possible futures.

One possiblity is that the Universe will come to an end in the opposite of a Big Bang called The Big Crunch.

The other possibility is that we live in an Eternal Universe that will never come to end.

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