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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Computations for Quantum Vacuum Fluctuations

For quite some time the notion of quantum vacuum fluctuations is bothering me. What exactly is the theoretical origin of this notion? This notion has become quite common in physics and is used to ...
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Definition of conformal time in de Sitter spacetime

I'm trying to follow the calculations in http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0201158v2 The aim is to rederive the expressions (2.16), (2.17) for the power spectrum in de Sitter spacetime. In order to do so, ...
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Does big bang have really any justification while we are living within a huge chaos?

All the physicists already know that the n-body problem reveals chaos, so that the planets around the sun should undergo deterministic chaos with a Lyapunov exponent of the order of, say, ...
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Calculate Total Energy Of Universe [duplicate]

Physicist using $mc^2$ to calculate positive energy and $-MmG/R$ to calculate negative energy to calculate total nergy of the universe but I heard that one of them is relativly invariant and other ...
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Structure formation: growth of density perturbations in sub-horizon vs super-horizon scales

I've always had difficulty visualizing how sub-horizon scales work versus super-horizon scales. Inflation causes perturbations due to quantum fluctuations. These are under-densities and ...
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How confident are we that mass is not being lost in the universe?

After reading about the latest super-massive black hole in Nature 518, 512–515 (26 February 2015), I couldn't help but wonder if the accelerating expansion is a result of mass being lost. My ...
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How does a particular galaxy's apparent recessional velocity CHANGE as the universe expands?

By this I mean will the light from distant galaxies continue to show red shift (i.e. if you look at light from a particular galaxy now and in 10000 years time, the spectra will have been shifted ...
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How one can solve Friedman equations of General relativity numerically?

How one can solve Friedman equations numerically subjected to any initial condition?
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Why is the universe 3D if the holographic principle says it's encoded in a its surface?

The way I understand the holographic principle is that everything in a 3D space can be thought of as living on the 2D boundary of that space. If that is the case, why does everything in the universe ...
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Do we need Dark Energy to explain the acceleration of the expansion of the universe?

As far as I know is the discovery that galaxies that are farther away are moving faster from us than galaxies the are closer by. This led to the theory of Dark Energy. The acceleration was speeding ...
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Can I see stars in my light-cone that you can never see?

The light cone of our galaxy is a lot different to the light-cone of a galaxy 5 bly away. Our Hubble volumes are much different. Everyone is born in/at a different space/time. Can I see stars in my ...
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Space is expanding so what is time doing? [duplicate]

Space is expanding and as we know space and time are intrinsically linked to be now known as spacetime. What is happening to time during expansion? Is there more time, longer time or is the time part ...
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In a dust cloud around a star, what causes bodies to form?

I couldn't find an answer to this question. Suppose a dust ring around a new star contains relatively uniform dust particles. What's the process by which they aggregate into larger bodies? I can ...
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Is the center of the universe in another dimension?

If we live in a four dimensional world and when we try to find the center of the universe (where the big bang occured) we found that there is no apparent center, could that means that the big bang ...
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Why the CMB has not been dispersed so far?

Imagine you have a box of black body radiation. What happens if you open the box for a long time? It becomes dispersed and no radiation remains in the box. Now, apply this example to the Cosmic ...
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How much has the universe expanded in total from the onset of inflation until today?

Starting from the onset of inflation, through inflation, reheating, radiation domination, matter domination, the transition toward dark energy domination all the way to today, how many e-folds of ...
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Total Mass in Universe [duplicate]

Currently (2015), what is the total mass of the universe? How can we say with mathematical certainty that 69% is dark energy; 25% is dark matter; 5% is atomic matter; and 1% is neutrino, photon, and ...
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Are physical constants determined by their observation?

In common interpretations of quantum mechanics, it can only be said that objects exist once I observe them - it is not legitimate to ask where an object was before I observed it. Does this point of ...
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Number $g(T)$ of relativistic degrees of freedom as a function of temperature $T$

Let us consider the total number of relativistic degrees of freedom $g(T)$ for particle species in our universe: $$g(T)=\left(\sum_Bg_B\right)+\frac{7}{8}\left(\sum_Fg_F\right)$$ Where the sums are ...
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What would happen after the big crunch?

What is the aftermath of the big crunch?
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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