Is dark energy going to rip apart the fabric of space?
According to the podcast extract sources, dark energy could potentially rip apart the fabric of space in the distant future. As the universe continues to expand, the stretching power of the dark energy's pressure will start to manifest on the scale of solar systems, causing planets to be separated from their stars and electrons to be separated from the nucleus of atoms, effectively ripping matter apart. Dark energy growing over time might even sunder space itself by ripping the fabric of space apart. This effect could lead to the Big Rip in the distant future, which could cause the universe to get ripped apart, protons to separate, and ultimately separate even the smallest particles. However, the sources point out that this is all based on a natural interpretation of string theory equations, and currently, there is no evidence for the Big Rip happening.