According to the current cosmological theories, it's the model that explains the early life of the universe, starting from a rapid expansion of hot and dense matter.

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The naive idea of the big bang

Many people think that according to big bang cosmology, first there was empty space, then there was an explosion in the middle of the emptiness, and now all the galaxies are flying away from that ...
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What would happen if you were to release the energies of the big bang in our universe a second time? [on hold]

Would it just wipe out everything, or would something else occur?
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Could Dark Matter Exist Prior to the Big Bang? [on hold]

Recent discoveries that the universe is accelerating in its expansion has made me consider the possibility that dark matter might have existed prior to the time the universe sprang into existence, ...
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Big Bang Quarks Travelling at Light Speed [closed]

When I think of an explosion it lasts a fraction of second. When the entire mass of the universe explodes how much time passes before the perfect sphere slows from traveling at/near the speed of light ...
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Time travel - how far can we go back? [closed]

Big Bang is the beginning of space and time. So there comes practically no question what existed before the big bang. Time started at Big Bang itself. Now some time in future, we make it possible to ...
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Unification: was gravity a part of it or not? [closed]

This question is regarding the unification of the fundamental forces in the early history of the universe. It seems that the unification of electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force (the ...
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Age of the universe versus absolute time [duplicate]

In Wikipedia, the age of the universe is defined as the "time elapsed since the Big Bang" while "time" links to "the cosmological time parameter of comoving coordinates" which itself links to "the ...
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Observing a point 13.82b ly away, 1b years ago

I understand that we can observe far away galaxies to get an idea how the universe looked like in the past. Assuming the universe is 13.82b years old, would it be correct to say that if we looked at ...
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Why is the gravitational constant.. constant? [duplicate]

Many scientists have now come to the conclusion that a big bang might not explain the 'start' of the universe and are coming up with alternatives. Could it be that gravity is dependent on the ...
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Where does all the energy in the universe come from? [duplicate]

The principle of conservation of energy says that all energy in a system will remain the same. It can just be transformed. The universe contains a huge amount of energy, but where did it come from? ...
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What effects would a finding of Gravitational Repulsion Between Matter and Anti-Matter in the ALPHA Experiment have on Mainstream Theory? [closed]

The actual nature of the gravitational force between matter and anti-matter (attractive or repulsive) remains unsettled: See Are there experiments taking place right now that might show evidence for ...
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Does all hydrogen originate from the Big Bang?

I was wondering, if every single hydrogen in the universe originate from the time about ~3 min after the Big Bang. I know there are nuclear fusion processes going on in stars like the pp-chain ...
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What came first, the Universe or the Physical laws that govern the Universe? [closed]

This sounds like the Egg and the Hen question but I am curious about this. If universe came first and created physical laws for itself, then what created the law or the principle as a consequence of ...
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Could the Big Bang be the result of a decrease in entropy?

In my freshman engineering physics class I learned that a decrease in entropy, though hypothetically possible, is less statistically likely than either any or almost any other possible single ...
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What started the Big Bang? [duplicate]

Is the Big Bang started everything, including time, what EVENT could ever occur outside time unless all events are non-temporal prior to and during the big bang?
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What would we observe as background on the sky if the big bang had never occurred?

The data we've received so far from satellites such as WMAP paints a near uniform distribution in intensity of the background radiation that we take as evidence that our universe had an origin, and ...
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How is the Lyman alpha forest and Gunn-Peterson trough evidence for Reionization? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand how the Lyman alpha forest and Gunn-Peterson trough are evidence for Reionization. From what I've read, the Lyman alpha forest tells us how much neutral hydrogen is in the ...
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Hawking in A Brief History of Time: No beginning or end of the Universe

I am reading Stephen Hawking's book - A Brief History of Time. I haven't studied cosmology and the related sciences. Nevertheless, I am interested to know few things regarding the extract taken from ...
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Is there any possible evidence that can give us insight into what happened exactly at the Big Bang/why it happened?

It's mostly well accepted today that the Big Bang was the reason for today's universe, mostly due to the expansion, the cosmic microwave background etc. and mathematically the FLRW metric supports it. ...
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What was outside the singularity during the Big Bang? [closed]

What was outside the proposed singularity during big bang?What was the size of singularity?
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How big bang could produce later collisions

The Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies are supposed to "collide" in 4 billion years (collide in the sense of overlapping space, but nothing is really supposed to contact anything else). Assuming: ...
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Does the Big bang imply Absolute time

According to the current understanding the Big bang created space, so it has happened everywhere: dating events 'after the bing bang' would be an absolute time scale. More specifically, wherever you ...
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What was the value of the Hubble parameter at the Big Bang nucelosynthesis?

If we assume the middle of the BBN, ~300 seconds, I tried to calulate this using H(t)=1/2 t^-1 for a radiation dominated universe, which gives the value 5*10^16 km/s/Mpc. This value seems ridiculously ...
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Why quantum fluctuation existed before big bang?

I read somewhere that quantum fluctuation can give rise to a big bang and thus the creation of a universe which we know today, where do these quantum fluctuations come from if space is only created ...
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Is it possible for the universe to be already developed when the dark energy appeared and expansion started?

The main piece of evidence that supports Big Bang Theory is basically evidence that the expansion of the universe started long time ago (not necessarily from the begining of the universe). Is it ...
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Why didn't helium continue to generate after a few minutes post-Big Bang?

Helium stopped generating after a few minutes after the Big Bang, but what made it impossible for its generation to continue?
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How do we know that supermassive black holes formed in the early universe?

Could they have existed from the very beginning? Could they be leftover fragments of the cosmic egg?
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What happens if an object stops orbiting the sun? [closed]

What would happen if an object (like a space ship) was to stop its orbit around the sun. would time slow down with that object (the same way time sped up for the characters in that great film ...
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Where is lithium in universe? [duplicate]

In the theory of big-bang elements were formed in a particular order. Firstly hydrogen and in last iron formed. But at third no. Lithium was formed which should be present in enormous amount in ...
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Does the second law of thermodynamics imply a spacetime beginning of the universe?

Recently I have been studying thermodynamics and I noticed a article by a religious person which says that the second law of thermodynamics proves that the universe had a beginning. A spacetime one. ...
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Why did the big bang happen when it did?

Was there time before the big bang? I assume there wasn't, so is it even logical to ask if there was anything before the big bang? If there was time before the beginning of the universe, what happened ...
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What other particles don't participate in BBN?

This is a follow up to an earlier question. Of the responses I got back, the general sense is that Dark Matter (DM) is a "thermal relic" from an earlier epoch of the universe when temperatures were ...
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Why do “Quantum Fluctuations” need Inflation to grow into cosmic scales?

This is a follow up to How do quantum fluctuations lead to overdense regions in the CMB? (which still hasn't been answered). The general logic of Inflation (if anything about the theory can be ...
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Is a terminal gravitational center to the universe possible?

The current consensus is that there is no evidence of, or no way to tell whether or not there is a center to the universe. Considering our observable universe is only a small portion of what we know ...
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Is the Universe infinite or it's just expanding to infinity?

According to the WMAP data in the past years we can say that our universe is considered flat or at least nearly flat and we also know that flat universe is allowed to be both infinite or finite in ...
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The steady state theory, can it now be falsified on particle physics grounds, in addition to CMB data?

The steady state theory is no longer taken seriously by most physicists and the Big Bang theory is supported by an enormous amount of evidence, especially the CMB data. But from a quick scan through ...
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Do sound waves travel before Big Bang?

So I was reading a Scientific American article about how the universe is spreading apart and how it is getting faster. But in the article there was something that baffled be and it was this "Sound ...
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Why is the universe not uniform?

From my understanding, the Big Bang theory says the universe expanded from a state of infinite density and pressure. I feel that if this is true, this should lead to a universe where matter is ...
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Did the early universe violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics? [duplicate]

If the universe started out isotropic and homogenous and of all fundamental particles then how could there now be any concentration of energy anywhere? If you say that nothing is really homogenous ...
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It's a Hypothesis about the Beginning of the universe [closed]

Let's take a piece of paper and plot a couple of dots in it. If we shrink the paper infinitely, at some point it would reach a state of infinite density, that is; a Singularity. But even at that ...
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In Which Space Did the Big Bang Occur? [duplicate]

If our universe didn't exist before the big bang, the big bang can not have taken place in our universe, but in some external space. How does current physics explain this?
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Primordial black hole mass [closed]

Use dimensional arguments to combine the fundamental constants $\hbar$, $c$ and $G$ to derive the least massive primordial black hole formed shortly after the big bang. I'm not sure how to combine ...
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How fast does space/time travel?

It is said that before the big bang there was no before, as space/time was created in the big bang. The big bang creates a rapid expansion of space/time... so how fast is rapid?
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Did the initiation of the Higgs Field and the inflationary period occur simultaneously?

My question is: Both of these concepts involve a phase transition and they both started, as far as I know, early in time, so are the above two ideas linked in any way? My first source for this query ...
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Why did formation of the first stars (population III) not happen earlier?

Was it the cooling of the universe? Naively, I would expect the lowering density to work against star formation.
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could anti-matter black hole is sitting at the center of the universe ? that have all the aniti matter [closed]

i am very curious about the space , matter and anti-matter , i am not a scientist but i have few question , can we calculate the speed of expansion of the universe? , i have made some assumption or ...
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Singularity - Origin Point

How can it be said that the real beginning of the real universe involved a "singularity of zero size and infinite density of mass" when no space existed at all to define any density and when ...
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Why isn't the universe a singularity? [duplicate]

So, i'm just a high-schooler interested in physics, so don't judge me if I misinterpreted anything. But from my understanding of black holes, a singularity is created because any matter inside the ...
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Do the entropy of the universe and third law of thermodynamics conflict? [duplicate]

We know that our universe was in low entropy state at the earlier time after the Big bang. But we also know that the temperature at that times was enormously high. But what the third law of ...
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Pre Big Bang knowledge

I have read that no one knows what preceded the Big Bang, but is this true? The Big Bang process (with or without inflation) followed known rules which “existed” prior to time zero. For example, some ...