Space expansion is a cosmological phenomenon wherein the proper distance between two spatial points for a given inertial reference frame increases from one moment of time to another. That is, space itself expands; the added distance is not due to relative motion of points or objects.

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Height Issues of the Time Traveler [duplicate]

A person from the year 2250 goes back in time. They go back 60 Million years, because they want to observe dinosaurs. Imagine their surprise when they see T-Rex's running around like little chickens!...
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Red shift and expansion of universe [duplicate]

We have been led to believe that in the theory of universe expansion, the farthest object is moving faster away from us than the nearest object, attributing the difference to red shift. Question: is ...
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Expansion of the Universe [duplicate]

At what speed is our solar system expanding, and if it is, why don't the positions of the sun and planets change, or grow farther apart? Why is the Big Dipper still where it is?
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Isn't the accelerating expansion of the universe intuitive?

I have a question about accelerating expansion of the universe. My understanding is that Hubble said the farther our we look into the universe, the higher the redshift, therefore the faster things ...
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How did people think of the universe before Hubble? [closed]

Did they think the universe had always existed? And was there even any serious scientific inquiry into the question, or was it pure speculation?
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Why space expansion affects matter?

If space itself is expanding, then why would it have any effect on matter (separates distant galaxies)? Space is "nothing", and if "nothing" becomes bigger "nothing" it's still a "nothing" that ...
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Space time expansion near galaxies

I understand that on galactic scales, the expansion of space time has no appreciable effect, gravity being dominant and thus distance between stars remains fixed despite universal expansion. Can ...
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Photon outside of Hubble sphere from perspective of comoving frame

I understand that there have been alot of questions on Hubble sphere, but I seek a more direct answer to this confusion that I have because I still can't resolve it after going through the posts. ...
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Non-homogeneous expansion of the observable universe

This question may be more philosophical than cosmological, but here goes. Given that expansion of the observable universe is based on secondary data, i.e., we haven't actually measured the expansion ...
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Redshift of distant galaxies: why not a doppler effect?

How can I explain to my 17 year old pupils that the observed redshift of distant galaxies cannot be interpreted as a doppler effect and inescapably leads to the conclusion that space itself is ...
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Using wormholes to see out of the visible universe

As is commonly known, using our telescopes, we can only see so much of the universe because of its faster than light expansion. However, although under normal circumstances it is impossible to see ...
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Is space expanding equally in every direction?

Does space expand equally in every direction, so that it draws a perfect sphere or is expansion asymmetric, so it creates "bubbles" (when seen from the outside)?
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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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Relative motion of an arbitrary volume of space ( is space static or dynamic?) [closed]

Do physicists consider space as being "static" or "dynamic" ? Hi I asked a question about whether space can move, and from the answer, I realized I was not precise enough and did not actually ask ...
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Accelerated expansion of the universe

Let us first consider space time as a fabric, i.e. from a General relativity point of view. Know let's refresh the fact that the radius of OUR observable universe is increasing its length at the speed ...
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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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If spacetime is discrete: what would space expansion mean? [closed]

How is space expansion explained in physical theories where spacetime is quantized? Discrete spacetime is claimed in some candidate theories of quantum gravity like loop quantum gravity and algebraic ...
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Can space move? [closed]

I have some questions; I hope you don't mind: $\bullet$ If the space between two distance galaxies is increasing, then is the volumes of space in which the galaxies find themselves also moving apart? ...
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Size of the universe from CMB?

The CMB is almost 13.8 billion light years away in every direction so the diameter of the visible universe as we actually observe it is 27.6 billion light years, twice the distance light traveled over ...
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Space is expanding but the space around me isn't [duplicate]

Everyone says space is expanding and distances between galaxies growing. But space isn't limited to outside of the earth. Space is everywhere on earth and around me. However I don't notice any ...
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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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In what manner does momentum of a particle with mass decrease due to spatial expansion?

I've read that the momentum of particles declines due to the universe's expansion. In particular, that $p \propto \frac{1}{a}$, where $a$ is the scale factor. For light, this momentum reduction ...
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Dark Energy Density Paramater For Unlimited Expansion

Suppose that the universe is dominated by matter and dark energy. Let $\Omega_m$ and $\Omega_\Lambda$ denote the respective relative density parameters. Given $\Omega_m$, what does $\Omega_\Lambda$ ...
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Looking at past events by observing sky? [duplicate]

Since solar system (and our galaxy) is constantly in motion at a great speed, is it possible that we can look at our own image as it was sometime ago? Since the light of that age takes sometime to ...
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Will entropy continue to increase even if the universe begins to contract?

If the universe is heading for a big crunch, when the universe starts to collapse will entropy decrease and the arrow of time consequently reverse or not? I'm interested in the explanations, not just ...
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Why is the universe expanding while its components actually attract each other?

First of all, what's the difference between gravity & gravitation? Anyway that's not the actual question. If every matter attracts each other toward itself, then wasn't the universe supposed to be ...
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Gravity's force on space

Here is a quote from Brian Greene, The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, p. 273: “The early universe provided an arena in which gravity exerted its repulsive side with ...
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Ripples from the big bang

A pebble dropped in a pond creates ripples of concentric circles. Each larger circle having infinitely more points than the smaller ones inside. If we use any arbitrary size for the unit "point" with ...
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Infinite Universe and Big Bang

A common view now in the physics community is that the Universe is infinite in extent (which makes Hubble sphere an infinitely small part of the Universe). On the other hand, there is the Big Bang ...
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Expanding universe via vaccuum?

I was wondering if anyone looked at the expanding model of the universe in terms of a vacuum pulling the universe out rather than an explosion pushing the universe outwards? Or explain why this model ...
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Big Bang…or…Everywhere Stretch?

Recently I watched a minute-physics video that suggested that a better name for the beginning of time would be "Everywhere stretch" because there wasn't a space-time singularity that formed where the ...
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Backwards in time?

A “Universe Today” article titled “Galaxies Are Moving Away From Us Faster than the Speed of Light” prompted the following question, which the author of the article was unable to answer: “Would such ...
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According to some theories space is constantly expanding but at what granularity? [duplicate]

One idea from cosmology is that galaxies are all moving away from each other. Naively this could be taken to mean that they are expanding into something. Popularly this could be seen as them moving ...
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Has neutrino redshift been observed?

I understand that neutrinos are emitted when supernova explode. I presume that there are quite accurate models that predict the energies of those neutrinos at the time of emission. Has the phenomenon ...
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The steady state theory, can it now be falsified on particle physics grounds, in addition to CMB data?

The steady state theory is no longer taken seriously by most physicists and the Big Bang theory is supported by an enormous amount of evidence, especially the CMB data. But from a quick scan through ...
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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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Effect of redshift on energy conservation [duplicate]

Light coming from galaxies that are going away from us is redshifted. Since the energy of a photon is purely dependent on its frequency one may conclude that the energy of these photons decreases. The ...
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Outer Space & Universe Expansion: [duplicate]

Experts agree that the stuff within the universe is moving farther apart from all the other stuff in the universe--much like the dots marked on the outside of a balloon that is being inflated. We ...
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Do sound waves travel before Big Bang?

So I was reading a Scientific American article about how the universe is spreading apart and how it is getting faster. But in the article there was something that baffled be and it was this "Sound ...
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Why is the expansion of universe continuously increasing? [closed]

If our universe is expanding and the concept of the multiverse is true, then why is the rate of the expansion of the universe increasing? Surely it must decrease?
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Are the edges of a galaxy moving inwards?

Space is expanding, but as I understand it, galaxies are not since gravity keeps them together. If you think of space becoming bigger, your galaxies just become further apart. But taking the size of ...
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Redshifted Photon Energy

A photon emitted from a receding source (Doppler redshift) has less energy when detected at an observer's location. Please explain the energy loss from the perspective of energy conservation.
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Does a rigid box of gas cool over cosmological timescales?

According to standard cosmology theory the physical momentum $p$ of both massive and massless particles decay like: $$p \propto \frac{1}{a(t)}$$ where $a(t)$ is the scale factor as function of ...
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If the expansion of the Universe accelerates, why its horizon does not shrink?

In de Sitter (expanding) universe to which our universe asymptotically approaches, the higher the rate of space expansion, the smaller the radius of the cosmic horizon. Why then our universe is ...
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Has galaxy merger and universe expansion been proven?

I understand the basic argument for hierarchical merging of galaxies during expansion of the universe. I also understand peculiar motion and the Hubble flow. So I understand what's going on with ...
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Is it possible that galaxies' redshift is caused by something else than the expansion of space?

I was thinking that maybe photons loss energy naturally when they travel great distances. Or maybe the mass of all matter is increasing over time and therefore photons emitted in the past are ...
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Big Bang: Initial velocity of all matter in four dimensions? [closed]

Consider this hypothesis: Two objects A and B, are able to maintain their spatial distance. Object A is near a neutron star, and thus it clock is running at a different speed than object B, and both ...
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Interpretation of cosmological redshift

I was trying to understand why we cannot explain the observed redshift of distant galaxies using special relativity and I came upon this article by Davis and Lineweaver. Unfortunately when I arrive ...
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Black hole surrounding an object?

When a particle crosses the event horizon of a black hole, at one short moment in time would it appear for that particle as if it was surrounded by a black hole? Regardless of which direction you ...
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How does the expansion of the Universe affect Black Holes?

As know our Universe is expanding, which I have always visualised as some stretching of the metric of space-time, which "flattens" it. In the same time. our theoretical perception of Black Holes ...