By Chase Brunton
The Maine Campus - The University of Maine student newspaper
January 19, 2015
Fourteen billion years ago, all of the energy in the universe was contained in a single point. Then the big bang happened, sending all of the energy in the universe scattering off in all directions.
Today, the force generated by the big bang is still causing the universe to expand outward. Eventually, stars were created, and when those stars died millions of years later — or billions, depending on the size of the star, as smaller stars live longer — they exploded, releasing all of the elements in the universe and creating everything as we know it, from planets, to new stars, and eventually life.