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This Timeline Shows the Entire History—and Potential Future—of the Universe

Illustration for article titled This Timeline Shows the Entire History—and Potential Future—of the Universe

It can be hard to get your head around the long and complex history of the Universe. But this new timeline by Slovak graphic designer Martin Vargic does a wonderful job of describing the last 13.8 billion years of space—and what might happen in the next 10 billion, too.

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Vargic has crammed a lot into this long, scrollable timeline, “from the Big Bang to the heat death of the universe.” Its scale does a nice job of putting our brief time on the planet into perspective, and is so crammed full of facts that even the most nerd-ish space fan is bound to learn something.

The full timeline is below—be warned, it’s quite a lot of scrolling. Vargic has also made the illustration available as an app for Android and iOS, which might prove a nice educational tool at home or in the classroom.

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And, assuming the amount of dark energy in the universe remains constant and assuming there is no Big Rip, 16 billion years from now, the entire universe will slowly fade from view.

An aging, darkening, reddening Virgo Supercluster of galaxies, in which our galaxy resides, will be the last thing future astronomers will see of the rest of the universe. Heat death within it will proceed as expected.