oscillating Universe


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oscillating Universe

(os -ă-layt-ing) (pulsating Universe) A closed Universe in which collapse is followed by a reexpansion.

oscillating universe

[′äs·ə‚lād·iŋ ′yü·nə‚vərs]
(astronomy)
An extension of the closed universe model in which the universe, after contracting toward a singularity, undergoes another big bang to begin a new cycle, and thenceforth oscillates between successive expansions and contractions, each contraction followed by a new big bang.
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This process cannot have gone on eternally, because it would culminate in the eventual "heat death" of the universe in some finite amount of time (barring the oscillating universe mythology that belongs somewhere beyond science fiction).