The study of the large-scale structure, history, and future of the universe. Cosmology is about asking and answering questions about the "big picture" - the extent, origin, and fate of everything we know.

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Cosmic Background Radiation and redshift vs. temperature

I get that the CMB has gone from high energy photons, to low microwave photons today. And that is probably due to the redshift from the expanding Universe. But, since CMB is a black body it is ...
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Entropy of the whole universe

In "Thermal Physics", Charles Kittel proves that entropy always increases in systems when the degree of freedom are increased (adding particles, adding energy, expanding volume, etc ). I started to ...
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How time is formed? Is it the result of expansion of three dimensional space? [on hold]

How time is formed? Is it the result of expansion of three dimensional space?
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Does the holographic principle imply that objects exist twice?

The surface area that surrounds a volume of space contains the same information that the volume has. My question is if we have Alice in a 3D space the 2D boundary should have all of her information. ...
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The arrow of time and the cosmology of a black hole interior

When solving the Einstein field equations in Schwarzschild metric for an observer falling into a black hole the radial coordinate r of the black hole and time t switch roles in the equations when ...
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Is this dark energy/matter?

Regarding dark energy and dark matter. It’s been a while but in my high school physics class I was taught that light energy was massless. However Einstein predicted and it has been proven that light ...
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Numerical solution for Friedmann equations

My problem today is to solve the Friedmann equations, for those who aren't familiar with them, here they are (in my specific case): $$ \left ( \frac{\dot{a}}{a^2} \right )^2 = \frac{\rho_1}{a^4} - ...
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Estimating the expansion of the universe using light from supernova

I understand that you can tell how far light has traveled by the measuring redshift but how accurate is this and could it be effected by anything like radiation from the sun it must be fairly accurate ...
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How can we detect cosmic background microwave radiation? [closed]

From my understanding this stuff expands at or near the speed of light -- and it's origins are that of the creation of this universe (via big bang). Obviously, our planet does not expand from origin ...
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Can we solve most of the cosmological questions using the Illustris universe simulation?

The Illustris project (http://illustris-project.org) attempts to simulate the universe in its most accurate form according to their website. With the simulation, they were able to predict the neutral ...
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How fast am I moving? [duplicate]

Given the speed of light is 299,792,458 meters per second and that it is constant through out the universe, (i.e a person who measures the speed of light while standing still will get the same result ...
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Exploring beyond event horizons

In the expanding universe the velocity of separation between galaxies depends upon how far they are. If they are much far away will they have relative velocity of separation greater than speed of ...
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What was the entropy of the universe at the time of the Big Bang?

(I asked this question in Philosophy.SE; but I was advised to direct it here, despite it is, in my opinion, somewhat too speculative for physics.SE). High entropy generally means high disorder; and ...
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The status of the BICEP2 'discovery' after Planck 2014

The tumultous period after the original announcement that the BICEP2 experiment had supposedly detected strong evidence of cosmological inflation in the form of B-mode polarization in the cosmic ...
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Could it be possible that the universe doesn't exist [closed]

Could it be possible that the universe doesn't exist? That nothing exists, not even you or me? And by not existing, I mean totally not existing, as in not even existing as a computer simulation, or a ...
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What are galactic speeds measured against?

The Earth moves through space at 67,000 MPH. The Milky Way travels through a local group at 2,237,000 MPH. Wouldn't you need a fixed point to be able to measure velocity against? After all, compared ...
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What is the most compelling evidence of General Relativity in the presence of matter and energy?

The most oft-cited triumphs of GR are things such as the shifting perihelion of Mercury, gravitational redshift experiments, and gravitational lensing. But, as far as I know, these are only ...
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How Do we Know How Old the Universe Is? [duplicate]

It is common knowledge that the universe is 13.8 ± 0.037 billion years - but how was this calculated?
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temperature of electroweak phase transition

How does one estimate the temperature at which electroweak phase transition (EWPT) occurred? Somewhere I have read it is around 100GeV but the reason was not explained.
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How can the universe be flat and have no center if universal mass-energy content is finite?

WMAP measurements confirm that the universe is flat within a 0.4% margin of error. If we assume the universe is flat and there is no 'center' then how could the mass energy content be finite since ...
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Why did the big bang explode if there is no oxygen in space? [duplicate]

If there is no oxygen in space, where the super dense singular object was suspended, then why did it explode because this reaction needs oxygen?
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Universe from nothing [duplicate]

Does this video make sense? The Simple Math for a Universe from Nothing I mean, can I really explain a "universe from nothing" is this simple manner?
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How far away must a galaxy be for its light never to reach us due to the expansion of the universe?

My understanding is that at the present rate of expansion of the universe some galaxies are growing more distant from us at such a rate that light from them will never reach us. My question is how far ...
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Does the concept of the big bang negate entropy and prevent the eventual Heat Death?

According to my understanding of the big bang, it was one event in which existence flickered into life in a perfect vacuum (nothingness). Given that "time" extends to mind-boggling (and immeasurable) ...
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Infinite Universe and Big Bang

A common view now in the physics community is that the Universe is infinite in extent (which makes Hubble sphere an infinitely small part of the Universe). On the other hand, there is the Big Bang ...
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Can Einstein's constant explain expansion?

I read somewhere that Einstein or Newton believed that the universe was completely static, where it neither expanded nor contracted, but simply remained fixed. It was concluded that due to attraction ...
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What happens to black holes if/when the universe “ends”

I've heard several ideas about what happens to the universe when it dies, and they range from infinite expansion and heat death, to a "big crunch". In the event that something like a "big crunch" ...
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Does the CMB signal get weaker over time?

If the universe is infinite or flat, then this isn't true (I guess). But if the universe is finite, then as it expands wouldn't the CMB signal weaker at any given point over time?
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Do things in the universe get farther apart or bigger? (Amateur)

To start off I would like to say I am a complete amateur and have no experience in physics! I am just a sophomore in high school with some questions. Now that that is out of the way. There are many ...
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How do you define a “universe” (in the context of multiverse)?

How do you define a universe (in the context of multiverse)? The traditional definition of universe is something like "The Universe is all of spacetime and everything that exists therein". But in ...
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Light speed after the Big Bang

We know that immediately after the Big Bang space was opaque to light. As space expanded, light could travel. However I would think that as space expanded at some de sites the light would be much ...
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Quantum Wavefunctions Without Space

A handful of physicists have a rather peculiar definition of 'nothing' in terms of cosmology. Their claim is that the Universe, assuming it has 0 total energy, could have arisen from nothing but ...
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entropy-infomartion correlation at preliminary universe?

according to the theory of cosmic inflation after Alan Guth, the information should have travelled 100 times the speed of light at the very beginning after the big bang. -when we talk about ...
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How much real and how much relative is our universe?

Apologies in advance if my question appears more philosophical than practical. It is indeed philosophy, but a philosophy relating to our scientific understanding of the universe as a whole. Special ...
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How can a black hole zap a galaxy into existence?

I am referring to this picture published here. Apparently super massive black holes emit radiation and matter in astrophysical jets. And these jets can form galaxies. I have some questions: Isn't ...
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Can the vacuum energy be made finite with quantized space

From what I know the reason we have infinite vacuum energy is because according to Quantum Field Theory at every point in space we something analogous to a harmonic oscillator but since the Zero Point ...
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How would the universe be different if the electron mass was twice as large? [closed]

Would the universe even start? Would it collapse or act differently? What if, instead, the mass changed right now? Edit: Since this is too broad lets narrow it to two scenarios: What happens to ...
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Is the big bang a fact? [duplicate]

I have watched many physics debated and in everyone of them, physicists take big bang for granted. But, is the big bang actually proven, or there are many evidence that indicate that it did happen?
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Neutrino decoupling and units

I have a problem that states: In the early Universe, neutrinos can be created and destroyed by the process: \begin{equation} \nu \bar{\nu} \leftrightarrow e^{+}e^{-} \end{equation} The thermally ...
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What role did the Higgs boson play in the Big Bang?

Scientists say that inflation stopped when a very peculiar energy was mobilized, did Higgs boson play any role in this? What is it's relation to the Big Bang? Some physicists, such as Michio Kaku, ...
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Can the energy of the universe ever be infinite in qunatum physics? [closed]

Suppose that the universe runs under some variants of QFT, with universal wavefunction and Hamiltonian. Then would infinite energy of the universe ever be possible? According to what I am thinking, ...
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Calculating the age of the Universe at temperature 1 MeV [duplicate]

I've been told to calculate the age of the Universe at $T = 1 \, \text{MeV}$, assuming that $a(t=0)=0$. Now, I've already calculated the value of $H$ at that temperature, which was around ...
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Space Between Current universe and point of origin [duplicate]

If universe is expanding like a balloon from point zero to current space time. what is there in between the point of origin and current universe. Is there still hot energy in between the current ...
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Calculating the angular power spectrum of a section of sky

To calculate the angular power spectrum $C_l$ of the whole sky, one uses the variance of the coefficients of the spherical harmonics in the temperature fluctuation field. I.e. $$C_l = ...
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frequency shift in background radiation, where is the missing energy? [duplicate]

It is known that the dilatation of the universe cause a shift in frequency in the background radiation toward lower frequencies. It is also known that photons with lower frequency have lower energy ...
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Scale factor and energy density

I'm looking at some solutions of the Friedmann equation at this website: Solutions to Friedmann equation If I look at the first problem (Problem 1: matter or radiation in a flat Universe) and click ...
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A true singularity at $t=0$, coordinate independent Big Bang

Consider a flat Robertson-Walker metric. When we say that there is a singularity at $t=0$, clearly it is a coordinate dependent statement. So it is a "candidate" singularity. In principle there is ...
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Variable parameters in cosmology

Mainstream theories in cosmology assume that parameters like the speed of light $c$, and the gravitational constant $G$ are time-independent. Is there any evidence suggesting that this assumption is ...
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With what fraction photon quanta emission rate is decreased in the expanding universe? [closed]

Light from edge of the observable universe has travelled 13.8 billion light years so far. And, that edge itself has travelled 32.2-33.2 billion light years (that's why actual radius of observable ...
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Calculating energy density in the early Universe

I've been told to calculate the energy density in the early Universe. It states that it is completely dominated by neutrinos (3 species), photons, electrons, and positrons. Now, I've found an ...