(written 2005/recorded 2005/revised 2020)

in four billion years, the andromeda galaxy and the milky way will collide and melt together into one galactic formation. massive intertidal powers will mix up the gas and dust clouds and initiate an intense birth wave of new stars. at this point in time, our sun has already inflated into a red giant and devastated all life on earth.

nevertheless, also the new generation of stars will not last forever. one day, not later than in ten trillion years, in the whole universe the last suns will extinguish. no new suns will be born and the lights will go out. in one hundred trillion years, only dead bodies will drift through time and space: cooled off suns, black dwarfs and neutron stars. the temperature will be minus 272 degrees Celsius which is one degree above the absolute zero.

now, the slow death of the galaxies begins. one part of the star clumps will be catapulted out of the galaxies into the free universe, while another will disappear within the central black holes. in ten septillion years, the galaxies themselves will collapse. in one hundered nonillion years, matter itself will break down since the components of the atom nucleuses will dissolve. now, only mass monsters reign the cosmos: the black holes.

but black holes are also not stable: quantum mechanical processes will let them vaporise. after ten duotrigintillion years, which is a one with one hundred zeros, the last black hole will vanished within a fireworks of gamma rays. finally, only photons and neutrinos will populate the universe. everlasting, space will expand, as it does since the big bang. sometime, time will stand still. eternity begins.

thus nothingness is already a part of us.