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How would the night sky appear at the edge of the galaxy?

In Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series, there is a planet named Terminus which is believed to be the planet farthest from the galactic center. There are almost no visible stars in its sky, only the ...
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Why is the sky dark at night? [duplicate]

The question is the well-known Olbers' paradox: If there are so many/infinite stars, in every direction, why is it dark at night? Where goes all the light we don't see? Discussing with a friend ...
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As the universe ages, will we see more stars or less?

After a very long time will we see more stars (due to the fact that more light is get to us) or less stars (as the universe expends and light have to pass larger distance)? In general, can stellar ...
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Will the CMB ever stop shining?

Will we ever reach a point where all the light that was set free by recombination finally reaches us from our point of view and the CMB stops "shining" for observers on Earth?
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Can the coordinate of the big bang point be calculated via observed universe or it is impossible? [duplicate]

We know all galaxies spread out after Big Bang theory.The key idea is that the universe is expanding after that theory. Can we play back the scenes via observable universe (galaxies) and can we ...
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Planck satellite 2013 results impact on cosmological models

I've recently watched a "Through the Wormhole" episode from 2010 named "What Happened Before the Beginning?", where cyclic and ekpyrotic cosmological models are explained. In this episode the creators ...
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How long would it take to scan the visible universe for unique signals?

The article Amazing rays as star succumbs to dark side talks about a very large black hole swallowing up a star. The report goes on to say that the only reason it was discovered was because it shot ...
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How many states are there in the observable universe

If we took a single instant and considered all possible states of all energy and matter do we have any bounds on how much that would be? Would that number be related to information?
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When they say the universe was the size of a baseball about a billion billion billion billionth of a second

after the big bang. Does that means the observable universe was the size of a baseball, or does it mean the entire universe? I'm guessing it means the observable universe - as we really don't ...
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Hubble time and age of the universe

I'm having trouble with the following derivation of the 'age of the universe': http://imgur.com/gRvLWX8 The parts I'm struggling to conceptualize is what a 'universe expanding' means, and also why ...
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Implications of observable Universe growing indefinitely [closed]

Why, if the observable Universe becomes infinitely large in proper units as time goes to infinity, the objects in space, that we can actually observe, become fewer? I don't know how to use ...
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Is the universe bounded?

As I understand it nobody can pinpoint an objective "center" of the universe nor "where" the Big Bang happened. It seems the observable universe is limited by our event horizon at some 14 billion ...
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Diameter of the universe [duplicate]

Should the diameter of our universe always be more than its age in light years? As if the distance between any two points in the universe is equal to 13.5 billion light years then the light from the ...
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Is it possible to learn about an event that occurred outside of your observable universe?

I have mixed intuitions about this. On one hand, nothing can travel faster than the speed of light and if there is enough space between you and an event then a signal will get stuck in the middle of ...
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Could we recognize our galaxy by looking at it from a different place in the universe? [duplicate]

Suppose we're in an unknown place in the universe, only knowing that the Milky Way is somewhere is the sky (but of course, younger that it actually is, due to unknown distance light has to travel to ...
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Flat universe a torus?

As shown by cosmologists space is presumably a flat expanse. In his book the Fabric of the Cosmos, Brian Greene shows that one of the possible shapes of this flat universe is a Torus. My question is, ...
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Were more stellar objects part of our observable universe in the past? [duplicate]

In the past, i.e. a billion years ago, if the universe is larger than our observable universe, would there have been more objects in our observable universe that have now accelerated beyond it?
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Observable Universe from two different perspectives

My layman understanding is that the universe is much bigger than that we can observe however due to the cosmological constant the observable universe is the matter etc. that is not moving away from us ...
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Is the observable universe growing or shrinking? [duplicate]

For a lack of better word, I used growing and shrinking in the question, but what I really mean is: Are objects that are now in the observable universe passing getting out of range in the future, or ...
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Confusion about the concept of cosmological horizon

This question was inspired by this one By definition we cannot see any event happening beyond the cosmological horizon. Let us assume that the expansion rate of the universe is such that the radius ...
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Cosmic Rest Frame

Cosmic Rest Frame is defined in the paper "Adventures in Friedmann cosmology :A detailed expansion of cosmological Friedmann equations" by R Nemiroff and B Patla as the frame at a point where average ...
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What is the most common photon wavelength in our observable universe (not including the Sun)?

Ignoring the Sun, what is the most common wavelength of a photon that is received by us on average? (I am not asking what is the average wavelength, but rather what is the most common wavelength ...
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Can we observe an edge of the universe? [duplicate]

Firstly, I apologise if my thinking is completely incorrect - I am by no means a physicist (yet!), I have included layman illustrations to hopefully assist in explaining my thinking. I am imagining ...
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What are we all falling towards?

One meteorite fell on the ground in Russia, last week. Under different circumstances, it could have orbited the earth, or perhaps pass close to the earth and then disappear into space. It seems that ...
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What kind of accuracy could one get with Pi to 40 decimal places? [closed]

I've come across the following YouTube video on the Numberphile channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpyrF_Ci2TQ which mentioned that 38 decimal places of pi (i.e. 39 digits) is all you need to ...
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Size of the Universe: Curved vs flat? Finite vs infinite?

I have recently heard the theory that the Universe may be smaller than observed but may be curved to the extent that light rays may have looped past us once already and hence appear to have originated ...
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Observable universe does it account for farther away galaxies measure of the observable universe?

From our planet we can only see so far on any direction. If a galaxy farther out than ours had a planet would its view extend beyond our measurements?
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How come that an Infinite universe will collapse under gravity?

In this PSE post the issue is about the stability of an infinite universe under Newtonian gravity. Here I'will drop the Newtonian constraint because we know of the finite speed of interactions and I ...
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How can we know there is more than just the observable universe

If all we can observe are things inside the observable universe, how do we know that anything even exists outside this boundary? I can see four ways of solving this problem. 1) We wait a while, the ...
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Size of the Observable Universe [duplicate]

I wanted to know what the observable universe is so I was thinking and I thought, it must be age of the universe times 2. Well I was wrong. I found on one website that it is 46B LY across in each ...
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Why do telescopes move synchronously?

Here's a very nice video (see it in HD) of timelapses captured at the atacama desert. In the beginning of the video you can see that 4 telescopes move synchronously. Could anyone explain why? I always ...
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How long would it take to see the nearest star die?

If you were in the general proximity to the nearest star to Earth (besides the Sun) and you saw it turn to a neutron star or black hole at the very end of it's star cycle, how much longer would it ...
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Looking backwards in time at yourself

If a person on Earth today is looking at a star, say, 10 billion light years away, is it possible that some of the atoms he is looking at will eventually go on to make him?
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Can we observe proton decay?

I know that the half life of a proton is more than $6.6\cdot 10^{33}$ years (antimuon decay). I have found this data on Wikipedia proton decay but I do not know the probability distribution that leads ...
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When we look in different directions in the universe how do we know we're not seeing the same thing?

For my question assume: 1: Big bang happened at a point (I know it happened everywhere) but after that explosion universe started to expand in all directions so it maybe considered to happened ...
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Can invisible galaxies exist? [duplicate]

Is it possible that there are newly formed galaxies which are moving so fast that we will can't see them, even though they exist "inside" our visible universe? I've been wondering if this could be a ...
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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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Light emitted from galaxies receding faster than $c$

I'm wondering how it is possible that light cannot reach us, even all the way out there where metric expansion is making the distance between our galaxy and their galaxy increase at greater than $c$. ...
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How far away is Cosmic Background Radiation? [duplicate]

I've been reading about Cosmic Background Radiation (CMBR) lately. My understanding so far is that this is the "Noise"/"Flash" from the big bang. Assuming that information is correct, how far away ...
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Expansion of the universe [closed]

If matter cannot be created nor destroyed, I would assume that the universe expands only to the point that energy is expressed from the objects inside it until it collapses onto itself, given as the ...
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What's the total Cosmic Microwave Background energy?

This is a part of my wider attempts at accounting matter in the observable universe. The total light ever emitted by stars and other space objects is capped around 1% of baryonic mass (in energy ...
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How is the observable universe mapped?

As I was looking at how big earth was relative to everything else in the universe, this picture boggles my mind. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observable_Universe#Horizons We're like the size of an ...
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How is mass of observable universe calculated? [duplicate]

How is even mass of earth known ? How do we get to know them? Whilst I was studying about dark matter it was listed about 'mass of observable universe' and density and so on...so what is the ...
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Will the background radiation get “dimmer”? If so when will it be “turned off” [duplicate]

This video http://youtu.be/_mZQ-5-KYHw talks about the background radiation which we can observe today. It's from the beginning of the universe and has traveled so long that the expansion of the ...
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What do we mean by the size of the universe? [duplicate]

Isn't it true that the concept of length exists only within the universe? Are we simply measuring the observable universe, that is to say, the spatial limits of our observation?
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Large-Scale-Structure (LSS) and the Fingers-of-God

In the Large-Scale-Structure (LSS) artifacts named fingers-of-god are apparent in the redshift space and justified by "The large velocities that lead to this effect are associated with the ...
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Precise definition of “Observable Universe” and its alternatives

The Observable Universe is generally said to contain all space that could "in principle" have had a causal impact on Earth, but the exact limits of the "in principle" causal interaction go ...
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Do we really need inflation for horizon problem?

This is a very fundamental doubt. I think i am missing something in inflation. The inflation theory solves the horizon problem by stating all of the universe started from a very small region in ...
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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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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 ...