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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How come some people are claiming that the Big Bang never happened?

A news story is going viral on social media networks claiming that two physicists have found a way to eliminate the Big Bang singularity, or in layman's terms (as claimed by many sensationalist news ...
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Cosmology: proper evolution of energy density ratios with time?

Solving Einsteins equations for the FLRW metric with ideal quantum gases for matter and radiation, assuming that pressure is proportional to the energy density $p=w\rho$ and deriving $w$ from ...
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Recommendations of books on Newtonian cosmology (without reference to general relativity)

I only know basic special relativity, but am interested in learning Newtonian cosmology. I have heard that on introductory level, most of the material can be generated purely from Newton's work. I am ...
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Cosmology: what is a quantity that is called “$h$” in regard to angular size of a galaxy?

I am trying to solve a Cosmology problem, but a certain quantity $h$ appears in it, of which I do not know the definition (I have never seen it mentioned anywhere before). So I thought maybe someone ...
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Luminosity, brightness and magnitdes in cosmology

I just started learning Cosmology and am confused with these terms. What I know so far: Luminosity $(L)$ is the energy output (inc. visible light, radiation etc.) per unit time of a star. It is an ...
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Definition of “time symmetry”

Could somebody please offer a basic definition of "time symmetry" in relation to physics? Studying white holes and appears in this field of research
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It's established that universal energy is not constant. But is the net change positive or negative?

Dark energy is density is constant and that's something like 75% of the universe, so I am pretty sure that the net change must be positive. But photons redshift and so loose energy. I assume other ...
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Is there an exact formal definition of the Universe?

I've read several articles about observable Universe, Universe and Hubble volume, including Wikipedia article and references on it, and I wondered: Is there a formal, rigorous definition in physics of ...
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Does the curvature of spacetime by gravity affect homogeneity and isotropy of the space of the universe?

The FLRW metric starts with the assumption of homogeneity and isotropy of space.(Wikipedia) FLRW metrics of the universe have no or only very weak curvature - It is curved space. In contrast, ...
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What is meant with the statement: “the universe in infinite”? [duplicate]

I'd like to know what is thought of when saying the universe is infinite. I've read about what is meant when astronomers are speaking of a "flat" universe and I have read that its size is most likely ...
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Did the Earth (amongst other things) travel faster than light?

It's often said that when you look far across space with a telescope you are looking back in time, as the light has only just reached our position in space. However, given that the Earth and many ...
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Will any massless particle/object in the vacuum of space always travel at the speed of light? [duplicate]

The question as stated above, is "Will any massless particle/object in the vacuum of space always travel at the speed of light?"
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Could Dark Energy just be particles with negative mass?

Title speaks for itself. Dark matter: We see extra attractive force, and we posit that there are particles which create such a force, and use the measure of that force to guess their locations. Dark ...
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Did light already experience death of the universe immediately after the Big Bang?

Let's suppose that I am on Point A with a light-beam launcher. My goal is to launch a beam of light to Point B, which is about 8,000 quadrillion light years away. My friend named Jack is at Point B ...
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Is simulating the entire universe possible?

Is it concievable that we may one day simulate the entire universe with every single particle, field and law of physics factored in? Can n number of particles (say the number of particles that make up ...
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Expansion of the universe a thermodynamic process or not?

Can the expansion of the universe be thought of as a thermodynamic process? If so, is it a closed system? Is it a reversible system?
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absorption of cosmic microwave background radiation

My understanding of the CMB radiation is that it comes from everywhere, and goes in every direction. But how can this be the case, when there is a lot of matter in space which could absorb, or for ...
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Question about universe expansion

In general relativity, we cannot determine the global structure of the universe (since it is not flat), therefore all measurements and observations are only meaningful locally. In particular, we can ...
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Convert angular power spectrum to spatial power spectrum

If we have a signal projected on a sphere, one routinely decomposes this in spherical harmonics, in analogy to a Fourier decomposition in flat space. One can then make the decomposition: ...
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What does velocity relative to CMB mean? [duplicate]

I've see some velocities such as that of the Sun quoted as "relative to the cosmic microwave background"? How is this different to measuring velocities relative to that old, discredited idea, the ...
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Big bang theory

How much energy and heat were produced by the big bang? I'm reading Bill Bryson's Short history.... He mentioned a point that to forage light elements like hydrogen, helium and lithium into elements ...
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Why do scientists use a different method from redshift to find the distance of distant galaxies?

The method I am referring to is measuring the brightness of a super nova. Does the redshift method even work at that distance and if it doesn't why not? If it does work why do they prefer to use the ...
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Intensity of spectral lines

I am trying to calculate the scattering of stellar light from electrons and atoms in space. To complete the calculation I need the intensity of a spectral line from a star. Does anyone know the ...
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Coordinates for FLRW metric

In GR, coordinate are just a tool for us to describe the physics, they should be equivalent. However, in standard form of FLRW metric, it can be inferred that the universe is expanding, but we can do ...
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How the expanding universe model takes into account the fact that information from far objects is not what happens today?

Different models on the universe are based on data obtained from far celestial objects, e.g. galaxies. But the light coming to us from them, comprises information on their state millions or billions ...
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isotropy of 3-space and spacetime metric

The most general spacetime metric is given by $$ds^2=g_{\mu\nu}dx^\mu dx^\nu=c^2dt^2+g_{0i}dtdx^i-g_{ij}dx^i dx^j$$ Why does the second term said to violate isotropy of 3-space? It is true that, ...
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Average temperature of the universe

Is it possible to define some average temperature of the universe? If yes, what fixes this temperature and how t estimate today's temperature? Is it different from the temperature of the black-body ...
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Confusion with the meaning of CMB

We say that CMB is the radiation leftover from big bang. When we measure the radiations i.e., the flux of photons in a given microwave range (say 0.1cm to 70cm, for example), in deep sky, there are ...
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Thomson scattering on the elections does not produce any circular polarization?

All references on CMB polarization has this statement as if it is a trivial fact. But I have to admit that I completely don't understand what this sentence is telling us.
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In a random direction, am I more likely to find a dwarf or giant galaxy?

First a couple of disclaimers: My title explains the idea of my question, but I will pose it slightly differently to make it less subjective. This ends up being in the style of a homework exercise ...
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Upper limit on the size of the “unobservable” universe based on surface area divided by Planck constant?

There are many kinds of size scale to the universe one can talk of. Much has been discussed with the concept of the upper limit of "bits" contained in the observable universe and therefore the total ...
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Expanding universe as predicted by the Einstein Field Equation

Without the cosmological constant, the Einstein field equation predicts the universe is expanding. Why is that? It is counter-intuitive because generally gravity should pull things closer and shrink ...
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Books on cosmology

I am a 14 year old who is independently studying physics. I finished the book: Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity by Sean Carroll. I am specifically interested in cosmology, ...
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Why has the amount of star formation in the Universe decreased over time?

If you like, refer to my old question from the last year, about star formation rates and their declining, answered by Rob Jeffries. I'm now examining why this process happens. It appears that in ...
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Why is the cosmological constant a scalar?

Maybe my understanding is just off, but the cosmological constant is just a scalar, right? What are it's units? Why a scalar? - was a tensor 'cosmological constant' ever considered or is it just not ...
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Baryogenesis via Leptogenesis

Baryon number is directly violated through electroweak anomaly and so does the Lepton number, for each transition from one vacuum to another. The two violations are of equal amount $\Delta B=\Delta ...
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Supermassive Black holes at centers of galaxies [duplicate]

Why there is super-massive black holes at the center of our galaxy and other galaxies ?
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How do scientists calculate the percentage of dark energy in the universe?

I can understand how the percentage of dark matter compared to ordinary matter is calculated, because the amount of dark matter has a clear gravitational effect on the ordinary matter in a Galaxy. ...
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Would the universe look any different today if energy/matter had not appeared until some time after spacetime had begun expanding?

Why is it necessary for spacetime and energy/matter to begin together at spacetime = 0? Would the universe look any different today if energy/matter had appeared some time after spacetime had begun ...
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Flatness and Kinetic Energy

Why the curvature parameter can be interpreted as the difference between the average potential energy and the average kinetic energy of a region of space? Curvature ...
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Why are neutrinos ruled out as a major (or even sole) component of dark matter?

A number of times I have encountered in text-books and articles that neutrinos might contribute only a small fraction to dark matter. The reason has to do with the fact that if all of the dark matter ...
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Effect of expansion on time?

We know that for moving body times moves at a slower rate, but can this happen for Universe itself whose rate of expansion is accelerating?
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Was everything in the Universe “created” from light?

Is the following true? The only matter existing directly after the big bang was electromagnetic radiation.
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Can Parallel Universes exist? [closed]

I saw Stephen Hawking say that there are an infinity of parallel universes. How did he get to that theory, and is it possible?
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Expanding universe - Creation of Space [duplicate]

Is the expansion of the space between the galaxies caused by stretching of existing space or the creation of new space? The fact that the energy content remains constant, and is therefore not being ...
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Are we comoving observers of space expansion?

In cosmology: A comoving observer is the only observer that will perceive the universe, including the cosmic microwave background radiation, to be isotropic. (Wikipedia) According to this ...
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How is $\Omega_0 = 1$ when the characteristic “teardrop” past light cone seems to admit curvature?

Introduction: The top graphic is just one I pulled from a page describing the process of detecting cosmic curvature. The second graphic is one I drew up to illustrate my misunderstanding. My ...
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Tired light red shift hypothisis

Have there been any recent attempts to falsify the tired light hypothesis alternative to the Doppler shift explanation for the red shift, or is it simply ignored like the pilot wave quantum mechanical ...
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If space is expanding, how can I see a galaxy 12 billion light years away where it is today?

Assuming space is expanding (and that seems plausible), photons from a galaxy that have been traveling for 12 billion years must have been traveling on a curve to get to us due to the fact that where ...
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Information loss from entanglement and cosmological horizons?

Suppose we have a qubit P in an unknown quantum state. Unknown as in we didn't prepare it, and don't know how it was prepared either. Without measuring the qubit in any way, we encode it into two ...