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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Are electrons held together by vacuum energy?

If one models the electron as a hollow spherical conductor with charge $e$ and radius $a$ then its electrostatic energy is given by: $$E_{em}=\frac{1}{2}\frac{e^2}{4\pi\epsilon_0a}$$ However if one ...
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How do we get the power spectrum through the CMB?

How do we get the power spectrum through observing the CMB?
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Where does General Relativity (GR) fail experimentally? Experimental shortcomings of GR?

When speaking with researchers and professors at my physics department, I sometime catch this undertone in the conversation when speaking about GR: almost as if some are not entirely convinced about ...
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Olbers' paradox and singularity resolution

As Im sure many fo you there are many attempts at singularity resolution in quantum gravity approaches such in LQC and string theory. In the last few week there was a lot of press for a new approach ...
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Has the cosmic alignment of Earth and the Solar System been explained (CMB anisotropy)

The Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropy is currently aligning Earth and the Solar System with the largest and earliest structure of the universe. Has this been explained yet? Or are the theories ...
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Does Big Bang Cosmology imply/require infinite space?

The reason I am asking this question is because if all points in space observe recession of galaxies the same as we do from Earth, the universe would have to be infinite (or a closed sphere in 4D or ...
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How long ago did the Universe end? (Or, how much warning will we get when it does?)

Only partly kidding... Let's suppose that a thousand, or a million, years ago there was an explosion of some gigantic star (or other celestial object) that was strong enough to destroy Earth and Life ...
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Looking for more information about these two hypotheses

Big Lurch - This was one I read about in a special issue of Scientific American from 2014. It was explained as The Big Lurch is a theoretical scientific model suggested as one of the ...
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Power Density of Dark Energy (W/m³)

In cosmology empty space has an energy density $\rho_{\Lambda}$ of $$\rho_{\Lambda}=\rho_c \cdot \Omega_{\Lambda}\cdot c^2$$ with $\Omega_{\Lambda}$ beeing the dark energy fraction ($0.683$ ...
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Dark Energy EoS: which models ruled out, which remain?

Dark energy density is mostly assumed to be a constant, where the equation of state for w=-1 (for radiation it would be w=1/3, for matter w=0 and for curvature -1/3), so in the simplest model the ...
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What does inflationary theory explain which quantum entanglement cannot?

Introduction This is an honest question... I don't study inflationary theory extensively (This is an understatement) but I am lost as to why it was developed in the first place. Here is why: ...
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Are all galaxies we see really our Milky Way? Any possibility?

There is a possibility for our universe to be the surface volume of a (higher-dimensional) hyperspace. So if this possibility is true,then is there also a possibility that the other galaxies we see ...
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Does the strength of a beam of light determine how much distance it can travel?

If I point a light torch to a cloudless, crystal clear and an absolutely pristine sky, will the light beam exit the planet and travel forever in the vacuum of space? (assuming it doesn't get perturbed ...
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Why is space (almost) flat? Is it because masses are approximately homogeneously distributed? [duplicate]

The question I have is: Why is space (almost perfectly) flat in our neighbourhood? (I am disregarding the deviations due to the sun and the planets.) Is it correct to say that space is (almost) flat ...
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Can observations of cosmic super voids teach us anything about time, dark energy, or dark matter?

Can observations of cosmic super voids teach us anything about... Time - If gravity affects time is there a chance we could gain any further information from studying a region with lower than ...
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What was the significance of the ionization caused by the Population III stars?

I am reading that the ultraviolet light that radiated from the first stars would ionize the surrounding gas and apparently, all of the matter in the universe would eventually become ionized. So, ...
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What evidence is there of a universe older than 13.8 billion years

I've read an analogy that finding iron-rich galaxies just 900 years after the Big Bang is like finding an old man in a crib in a nursery. We just recently found a supermassive black hole 12 billion ...
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Can we really see new objects in future? [duplicate]

From Wikipedia: Some parts of the Universe are too far away for the light emitted since the Big Bang to have had enough time to reach Earth, so these portions of the Universe lie outside the ...
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Does Expanding Universe conflict with the Thermodynamics 3rd Law? [duplicate]

I know that thermodynamics 3rd law states that if a system in equilibrium is at zero temperature, its entropy is minimum. Expansion of the universe made a transition from radiation dominated era ...
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What is the process by which the density fluctuations that were detected in the CMB evolved into the first stars?

We can detect very slight fluctuations in the temperature (mass distribution) when the CMB was released (decoupling). It is believed that these fluctuations led to the first stars. However, these ...
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Is the accelerated expansion of the universe consistent with conservation of energy? [duplicate]

If energy can neither be created nor destroyed, how come the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate? Where does this energy come from?
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Assuming the universe is finite, at some point, CMB should go away, right?

I'm not talking about gradual red-shifting, that happens slowly anyway, but with a universe of finite size, we should actually see Cosmic Background Radiation turn off in a sense, first at a point, ...
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Negative energy of universe

According to a little I have understood whatever we see in the universe is its postive energy and there is so an equal negative energy. Is this Negative energy the Dark energy? which is responsible ...
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The “Big-Freeze”, laws of physics and empty space

We currently have data, that suggests the universe will end up in a Big-Freeze. My questions are: Will the laws of physics break down, when the last black hole disintegrates? If so, why? And how long, ...
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Is there any paper analyzing the validity of Relativity in expanding space? [duplicate]

Big Bang models result from applying Relativity equations to expanding space; however, as Einstein noted, Relativity was not established in expanding space. A basic question arises: is Relativity ...
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Long rod in an expanding universe

Suppose you have a metal rod, of vast length, floating in space. From it's center-of-mass reference frame it is assumed to be at rest with respect to the CMB. The rod will have some degree of ...
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Cosmic event horizon changes over time

The cosmic event horizon is the comoving distance beyond which the light signal from distant galaxy can never reach us. With dark matter, the event horizon converges to a finite value so does it mean ...
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Is the age of the universe different for different people located at different points in the Universe? [duplicate]

From Earth we say that the age of the universe is 14.5 billion years ago because that is how far we are able to see. But since we are probably not the center of the universe, wouldn't some one many ...
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CMB parameter, what's the meaning of the matter power spectrum normalization sigma_8?

Most CMB experiments like WMAP and Planck include a certain cosmological parameter called $\sigma_8$. My understanding is that normalization of the matter power spectrum is not a theoretical ...
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Even the universe is infinite, it could keep expanding? [closed]

the study showed Cantor, that there are infinite types, the universe would be expanding as well as the possibility of Stephen Hawking. http://phys.org/news/2015-02-big-quantum-equation-universe.html
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How do we know the expansion of the universe is “of space” and not “in space” or “into space” or another less intuitive arrangement?

How do we know the expansion of the universe is "of space" and not "in space" or "into space" or another less intuitive arrangement? For example, what implicit and explicit assumptions underlie the ...
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Is it valid to apply Einstein's Relativity to scenarios involving expansion of space?

IIs it valid to apply Einstein's Relativity to scenarios involving expansion of space? For a practical example of this: Is it legitimate to speak of distant red-shift galaxies as experiencing time ...
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Difference between Gunn Peterson trough and the Lyman Alpha Forest? Cosmological implications?

I'm having difficulty understanding the full implications of the Lyman alpha forest and its use in cosmology. My understanding is this: we detect features in the Intergalactic Medium (IGM) by very ...
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How can the universe by infinite when it has known start and finite time since? [duplicate]

Just watched the 'How Big is the Universe?' TV program and it indicated that the universe is believed to be infinite in size. They used an approach involving measuring the internal angles of ...
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Is the Big Bang instant considered a beginning of all the coordinates of our universe? [duplicate]

Is the Big Bang instant considered a beginning of all the coordinates of our universe? If we consider the BB to be the Beginning of of our universe, can we call this the Origin of all of the 3 ...
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Can we tell the difference types of recession? [duplicate]

Because of the the Hubble red shift pattern, Cosmologist generally assume that space is expanding. They assume this is a fact because of the observed redshifts and GR says it can be so. But how can we ...
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Power spectrum calculation in Weinberg's cosmology

In Weinberg's Cosmology, on page 412 eq. 8.1.42 he provides the power spectrum as; $$P(k)=\frac{4(2\pi)^3 N^2 C^2(\Omega_\Lambda / \Omega_M)}{25 \Omega_M^2H_0^4 ...
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How tall is the universe?

Let's suppose that I am on a spaceship in low-earth orbit, if I rise my spaceship higher and higher and hover it upwards forever, will there ever come a point where I just can't get up any further or ...
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What lies at the very edge of the expanding universe? [duplicate]

We all know that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate and it might appear much like a soap bubble. That is where the phrase dark energy whose essence is unknown and which is thought to ...
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Big Freeze or Heat Death?

I can't seem to find this on the Internet.... Which is most likely to occur to "end" the universe, the big freeze scenario? Or the heat death scenario? P.s. When, if it does at all, will the ...
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About a *center of the universe* [duplicate]

I understand that the history of our universe began with an explosion - the Big Bang. Now, I saw a comment in some old post, that "the universe has no center". Is that true? If there was initially a ...
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Is inflation theory really dead?

I know the title is little bit challenging but maybe most of you heard about the last BICEP2 paper on February. As I have read about it here and here. My understanding is, BICEP2 results released on ...
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On the probability of the existence of a similar observable universe

Let's assume a standard ($\Lambda$CDM + some simple inflation model) cosmology in an infinite universe. Really it doesn't matter much what cosmology we take, just that we're considering an infinite ...
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Harvesting hydrogen from a star

I've been thinking about what highly technologically advanced civilisations would do once their energy requirements become comparable to the total output of a star, and how such activity could be ...
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Can accelerating universe avoid Big Bang?

Expansion of our universe is accelerating. This means that it was expanding less rapidly in the past. Is in accordance with the laws of physics a model of accelerating universe in which the rate of ...
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Is dark energy around a black hole locally curved?

The repartition of dark energy in the vacuum is homogeneous all over the universe. The diagram below represents space with a black hole in the middle. The square is divided in small unit squares. If ...
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Upper Limit of the Hubble Parameter right after Inflation

When I take the FLRW equation $$H_{(t)}=H_0\cdot\sqrt{\Omega_R\cdot a_{(t)}^{-4}+\Omega_M\cdot a_{(t)}^{-3}+\Omega_K\cdot a_{(t)}^{-2}+\Omega_{\Lambda}}$$ and calculate the value of the ...
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Did spacetime curve infinitely about 13.7 billion years ago? [duplicate]

GR/Big Bang Model implies that there was a singularity about 13 billion years ago, in which all the matter and energy along with the observable universe (or perhaps, the entire universe) was ...
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Expansion of the universe in “everyday live” [duplicate]

According to space.com the universe is expanding with 75km/1Mpc/1s (megaparsec), which comes down to $\beta=2.43\times10^{-18}/s$, a relative rate per second. To put this in perspective: The average ...
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Is it better to define the observable universe as the universe?

This is somewhat triggered by this question: It's established that universal energy is not constant. But is the net change positive or negative? When I say entire universe, is that equivalent to ...