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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Is entropy absolute (as in absolute temperature)?

Following this question on the Entropy at the Big Bang where I asked: Since Entropy always increases (in general); its expected that the entropy at the beginning of the universe should be the ...
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Density parameter (cosmology) as a function of redshift

Hopefully I'm missing some very basic algebra for this question. In essence, I need to derive the following: $$ \Omega=\Omega_{1}\frac{(1+z)}{1+\Omega_1{z}} $$ Now, I proceeded from the Friedmann ...
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Does a similar concept like centrifugal force exist for the whole universe? [duplicate]

Is it meaningful in the sense of falsificable to ask whether the whole universe (including everything known/observable: cosmic background radiation etc ..., excluding everything not directly ...
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Could there have been two “Big Bangs”?

A couple of years ago, I remember seeing a documentary on the big bang theory. The theory presented was that to explain the cosmic microwave background radiation, there needed to have been two big ...
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Where does CMB come/emit from?

Where exactly does CMB come from. I've seen it in documentaries as a huge sphere with Earth in the middle. But if all this radiation was ejected from the start of the universe some time after the big ...
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What is known about the physics of Planckbrane (another brane) in Randall–Sundrum model?

Randall–Sundrum model imagines that our universe is a five-dimensional anti-de Sitter space and the elementary particles except for the graviton are localized on a (3 + 1)-dimensional brane or branes. ...
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Is there a limit to the size of black hole?

I have read answer by @John Rennie in regards to the size and density of black hole. In the last sentence he states that super supermassive black hole ...
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Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes

Referencing Stephen Hawking's recent paper Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes and this question. I understand concept of holding the information on the apparent horizon ...
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Why do some stars actually produce “Gamma ray bursts”?

I looked it up but I haven't found any explanation as to why some stars produce them, I understand that collapsing and merging stars produce them, but my question is why is the energy concentrated in ...
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Number and energy density integrals in cosmological thermodynamics

I am working through Mukhanov's book "Physical Foundations of Cosmology" and something has me puzzled in the section on evaluating integrals for number density, energy density and pressure. The ...
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Importance of CP violation

To explain the matter-antimatter assymmetry, CP should be violated according to Sakharov conditions. Charge conjugation is required as matter and antimatter have opposite charges but why Parity ...
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How could we know that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic at a moment?

Cosmologists say that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic within our Hubble volume based upon the astronomical observations. But how can we argue that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic ...
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When did the strong force separate?

Given that Grand Unification may have happened, and inflation is accepted, which of these two scenarios is better accepted; 1) The strong force broke free before inflation, and is somehow causally ...
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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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Is the Universe Past-Eternal?

Does the Borde-Guth-Vilenkin theorem definitively demonstrate that the Universe cannot be past-eternal, whatsoever? Does it not assume a classical space-time while the real world requires Quantum ...
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Interpretation of a singular metric

I'm interested to find out if we can say anything useful about spacetime at the singularity in the FLRW metric that occurs at $t = 0$. If I understand correctly, the FLRW spacetime is a combination ...
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Was the matter-energy content of our universe always distributed in the same ratios?

Currently, Dark energy (68.3%) and Dark matter (26.8%) together constitute about 95.1% total matter-energy content of the universe while only 4.9% is ordinary baryonic matter. Was this always the ...
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Would the Moon be able to take water from Earth?

I know that if you add mass to the moon, it would get closer to the Earth. We all know that the moon causes the tides because it's gravity pulls the water. So, my question is: If the moon gained more ...
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Special Relativity problem - proper time interval

The supernova 1987A explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud 170 000 light years from Earth produced a burst of anti-neutrinos ν ̄e which were observed in terrestrial detectors. If the anti-neutrinos ...
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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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Redshift due to a static gravitational field and the conservation of energy [duplicate]

I am standing on the surface of some planet. Gravity is described via General Relativity with some static metric (e.g. the Schwarzschild metric, so static means no time dependence, but the metric may ...
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What is the meaning of the particle horizon in conformal diagrams?

I'm reading "Physical Foundations of Cosmology" (Mukhanov) and in Chapter 2.3 conformal diagrams get introduced. They seem to be a (graphical) tool to understand the causal structure of the universe. ...
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(naive?) interpretation of Hubble's Law

From my understanding, the Hubble constant $H_0$ calculates from observed redshifts $z$ of distant galaxys against their proper distance $D$. The current value appears to be 67.80(77) ...
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Is the total energy of the universe constant?

If total energy is conserved just transformed and never newly created, is there a sum of all energies that is constant? Why is it probably not that easy?
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Universe vs Multiverse. Time and Space

Wikipedia defines a multiverse as a hypothetical set of finite and infinite possible universes. Similarly, it defines the Universe is as "all of time and space and its contents". On the surface, ...
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What is the average temperature of mass in the universe?

That is, ignoring speculative concepts like Dark Matter and just summing across stars and gas clouds etc
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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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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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The cosmological constant as a Lagrange multiplier?

The cosmological constant $\Lambda$ can be introduced into the gravitational action like this : \begin{equation} S = \frac{1}{2 \kappa} \int_{\Omega} (R - 2 \Lambda) \sqrt{-g} \; d^4 x + \text{matter ...
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Why do we look at non-flat geometries in Cosmology?

In Cosmology we use the Robertson-Walker-Metric which follows from the cosmological principle & mathematics. This metric leaves three cases for a possible curvature (or geometry) of space (not ...
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What is meant by positive and negative gravity/energy/spacetime-curvature?

I have recently come across some cosmological assertions (based on empirical data) about the universe being self contained in the sense that it is entirely capable of coming into existence from a ...
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What is the cosmological redshift of SN 1987A?

I haven't found any literature on SN 1987A, which provides me with its cosmological [not gravitational, wrong in inital question, thanks for the remark] redshift. Is it larger or smaller than $z=0.1$, ...
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Scalar field shift symmetry in early Universe

Suppose we have scalar field in FRLW spacetime: $$ S = \int d^4x\sqrt{-g}\left(\frac{1}{2}\partial_{\mu}\varphi \partial_{\nu}\varphi g^{\mu \nu} - \frac{m^2}{2}\varphi^2\right), $$ $$ g_{\mu\nu} = ...
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Reference request: dark matter and $f(R)$ modified gravity

Could someone please explain briefly or refer me to an article or manuscript that shows how $f(R)$ modified gravity theories can be used to explain the problem of dark matter, particularly the galaxy ...
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How come the cosmological constant supports the idea of dark energy existing? [duplicate]

According to an article I've read recently, the cosmological constant was used to support the theory of dark energy. But the cosmological constant already defines an inclination in the essence of ...
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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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An argument that massive particles don't redshift?

I start with the spatially flat FRW metric in conformal co-ordinates: $$ds^2=a^2(\eta)(d\eta^2-dx^2-dy^2-dz^2)$$ This metric has the following non-zero Christoffel symbols: \begin{eqnarray} ...
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Was decoupling actually detripling?

As I previously understood it, before recombination, high energy photons were bound up in interactions with excited electrons, meaning electrons couldn't settle into orbit with protons and other ...
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Protons, electrons and integers

From this calculation (https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080724101956AA4zed1), two protons seperated by the distance of one atom feel the electromagnetic force repelling them ...
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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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Pressure and density using a general Lagrangian

Given a lagrangian of a form: \begin{equation}\mathcal{L}=f(\phi,\partial_{\mu}\phi\partial^{\mu}\phi)\end{equation} where $f$ is a function, I need to derive pressure and density in a FLRW universe ...
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How to calculate the scalar amplitude when two inflations happen successively?

Consider a single scalar field with some strange potential such that slow-roll inflation happens twice when it rolls down from the high potential point to the low potential point. In-between the two ...
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Intuitions for the simplest model in which the evolution of the laws of nature arises from the natural selection of structures [closed]

The problem I’m trying to solve can be described as To create the simplest model possible in which the evolution of the laws of nature arises from the natural selection of structures. This approach ...
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What is the limit for the size of a galaxy?

The largest known galaxy is just 100x more massive than Milky Way. I wonder if there is some physical mechanism (some equilibrium) which limits the size of galaxies or if it is just because of limited ...
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Large scale structure of the universe

I have read of two seemingly straightforward explanations that give reasons for the inhomogeneity of the large-scale structure of the universe (i.e. why stars / galaxies formed where they did) One is ...
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Hottest period in the history of the universe

Stack exchange's tagline is 'hot questions' - so here is one that will hopefully cause some heated debate. I remember hearing that the period immediately after inflation is theorized to be the ...
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Why is universe expanding?

Okay, this question may sound silly: base on the observation Besides an expanding universe, would there be other possibilities? Would it be possible, say, there exists a fundamental repelling ...
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What are the alternative theories of dark energy? ($w \neq -1$)

There has been a lot of related questions about dark energy around here but these are usually 2-4 years old and the closest question to mine hasn't really been answered, so I am going to proceed. ...
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Connection between the cosmological constant $\Lambda$ and the cutoff scale $\Lambda$

I'm trying to understand the connection between the $\Lambda$ from cosmology and the $\Lambda$ from QFT. Cosmology: The cosmological constant enters the Einstein equations. In the special case of the ...