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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Why does a doppler red shift prove expansion?

My question boils down to this. If the Universe was contracting the stars closer to the center would move faster to the middle than stars that were further away from the center. That would also ...
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Scale factor and age of the universe

Why is the cosmological scale factor (expansion rate of the universe) not simply the time $t$, i.e. the age of the universe?
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Fulvio Melia's linear Universe

I would be interested in what people think of Fulvio Melia's argument for a linearly expanding Universe. I realize that the experimental evidence seems to be pointing to an accelerating Universe ...
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Red shift and the expanding universe

Given that the universe is expanding because space itself is expanding, is that expansion occuring in all places and on all scales? Consider a photon emitted from a source billions of years ago. As it ...
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Space expanding, or light slowing down? [duplicate]

This question seems a lot like one of those "Phylosoraptor" memes all over the Internet, and it might be very silly, but I've been thinking about this for a while. Is it possible that space is not ...
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What does string theory say about the metric expansion?

Specifically, what happens to those small intertwined hidden dimensions? Do those expand too?
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What would be the effect on gravity if space expanded at > $c$?

If space were to expand at > $c$ (as in inflation) would that mean gravity would no longer have any effect on the curvature of space, since gravity can only propagate at $c$?
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The Faint young Sun paradox: an alternative solution?

The faint young Sun paradox describes the contradiction between the fact that there must have been liquid water 3.5 billion years ago for life to have begun then and the fact that the Sun's power ...
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Additional merits to Wetterich's “Universe without expansion” compared to standard cosmological redshift interpretation?

A recent news item in Nature promotes Wetterich's preprint "A Universe without expansion". All sounds very exciting but hard to judge for non-experts. As I understand from the Nature's article, the ...
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Evidence that the Solar System is expanding like the Universe? [duplicate]

I've just come across Krasinsky and Brumberg's paper that claims, from an analysis of radiometric measurements, that the astronomical unit (earth-sun distance) is increasing at the rate: ...
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What does a point in space mean? What we humans think a point in space is in scientific term? (a broader picture)

I am a first year and general student. I Am just curious about the vacuum or space. I just don't get what actually space is. Well, I know our scientists are still working on it but still I just want ...
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What exactly is expanding when they say universe is expanding? [duplicate]

We know that universe is expanding and galaxies are moving away from each other. Does this mean the galaxies are also expanding in itself and therefore I guess growing larger in volume? Depending on ...
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Are we travelling at a speed close to the light speed? [duplicate]

This is a question which has been puzzling me quite a while. There was a news report saying that the farthest galaxy spotted so far is at 13.3 billion light-years away, and it is said that the galaxy ...
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Basic Question About General Relativity?

I'm a layman that loves Physics. I'm also horrible at math. Having said that I have many, many questions in regards to physics and General Relativity in-particular. I will try to keep my question(s) ...
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A Cosmological horizon at the Hubble radius?

I have calculated that if one extends a rigid ruler into space by a fixed proper distance $D$ then a clock at the end of the ruler, running on proper time $\tau$, will run more slowly than time $t$ at ...
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How often can virtual particle/antiparticle pairs form real particles in a space expanding sufficiently fast to do this?

And if the rate of expansion of the universe becomes sufficient for virtual particles to be ripped apart into real particles, what effect would the mass of these particles have on the rate of ...
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At what expansion rate (H) would virtual particles be ripped apart into real particles, and what might be the density (temperature) of such an event?

Is it even possible for a virtual particle-antiparticle pair to be torn apart by cosmological expansion? Virtual particle-antiparticle pairs are ripped apart near black hole event horizons, creating ...
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How could vacuum energy cause the expansion of the universe? [duplicate]

Is it by gravity? How could gravity produce a repulsive force?
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Is Hubble's constant really constant? [duplicate]

How does Hubble's constant resembles age of universe? Isn't universe getting old each day? How can a constant be a reciprocal of age of universe? Hubble's value must be variable, isn't it?
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Evidence for expansion of space [duplicate]

If I understand correctly, Einstein's theory of General Relativity predicted the expansion of space itself, and Hubble confirmed this prediction by observing the red shift of receding galaxies. I ...
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According to Hubble's Law, how can the expansion of the Universe be accelerating?

Scientists today think the expansion of the universe is accelerating. According to Hubble's law, objects further away are moving faster than objects closer to us. The further away an object is, the ...
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Conformal time or cosmological time?

Let us assume a flat FRW metric $$ds^2 = -dt^2 + a(t)^2(dx^2+dy^2+dz^2)$$ Imagine a lightbeam traveling in the x-direction. It travels on a null geodesic with $ds=0$ so that its path obeys the ...
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Is time slowing down and disappearing from the universe instead of the expansion of universe? [duplicate]

Are we fooled into thinking that expansion of the universe is accelerating, when in fact, time itself is slowing? Or if dark energy does exist?
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What is the theoretical limit for farthest we can see back in time and distance?

13.2 billion years ago the universe was rather small, having started only half a billion years ago. Today, with the help of Hubble Space Telescope, we are able to capture the light of galaxies emitted ...
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Will the increasing rate of expansion of the universe eventually result in Hawking Radiation suddenly occurring everywhere?

The universe is expanding at an ever increasing rate. Virtual particles are being created and then destroyed everywhere at every moment. As space expands even faster, will a time come when these ...
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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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Cosmic Inflation: Lower Expansion Rate with than without?

When I read the Cosmic Inflation diagram at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Horizonte_inflacionario.svg which I rotated to make it readable: where the Hubbleradius, and therefore also the ...
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Does the expansion of the universe soon after the Big Bang affect the amount of time that light takes to reach us?

If faster than light travel is impossible, how is it that light emitted from matter so close together in the time soon after the Big Bang is only now just reaching us? I would assume that there would ...
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Is there anything physically infinite?

I can't think of a single thing that could be infinite. Because the universe is expanding, isn't it? But there is an ever-changing barrier, so why could there be anything infinite, both ...
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Is it possible that universe might not be speeding up expansion?

I'm not sure but I was thinking of galaxies shrinking with time while still moving apart from each other at almost a constant speed or less (i.e: uniform/slightly decelerating expansion). This may ...
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If everything in existence were increasing in size at some rate, would we be able to detect it?

Would our eyes observe any changes? What about electronic measurement devices?
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Could entropy explain dark energy? [closed]

This was 3rd beer idea, so please bear with me. What if the universe was not actually expanding but the speed of light was slowing? Wouldn't that be indistinguishable to our observations? Either way ...
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How do we measure the range of distant objects despite relativistic effects?

When we observe astronomical objects like distant galaxies there are several complicating factors for estimating the distance: Relativistic speed result in length contraction Relativistic speed ...
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Could the outer structure of the Universe be made from Antimatter?

Cern recently stated that antimatter may be repelled by matter, much like the opposite effect of Gravity. So is it possible that antimatter is actually repelled to the edges of the Universe to create ...
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Acceleration in the rate of expanansion of the universe due to weakening gravity?

Could the acceleration in the rate of expansion of the universe be due to the weakening of gravitational forces, as the distance between objects continues to increase?
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Is dark matter expanding the universe, and creating the structures within it?

If dark matter repelled other dark matter, as well as regular matter(atomic or celestial), and regular matter were repelled by other regular matter "less" than by the dark matter, would not this ...
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Cosmological redshift interpretation

Can the cosmological redshift be interpreted as atomic frequencies increasing by the scale factor as the Universe expands? This explanation seems closer to the truth than the popular idea that a ...
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When spacetime expands to the point where galaxy clusters are not observable, will there by any interaction?

It's my understanding that in a few billion years, clusters of galaxies won't be able to directly observe one another due to the expansion of spacetime overcoming gravity between those clusters. ...
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Why don't orbits expand with the Universe?

Consider two bodies orbiting each other. As the Universe expands would the distance between them increase? Most people say that a gravitationally bound system will not expand with the Universe. They ...
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About hubble observatory and distant galaxies [duplicate]

According to Hubble observatory, the age of universe is 14 billion years. But, the distant galaxies are about 40 billion light years. How could that simply be possible? That means the information that ...
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Why cosmic background radiation is not ether?

why cosmic background radiation is not ether? I mean it's everywhere and it' a radiation then we can measure Doppler effect by moving with a velocity.
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Can space expand with unlimited speed?

At the beginning, right after the Big Bang, the universe was the size of a coin. One millionth of a second after the universe was the size of the Solar System (acording to ...
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Galaxies moving away at the speed of light

As an arts student, I really find those cosmological questions hard to understand and hence come here to seek your kind help. The Hubble constant $H_0$ is estimated to be about 65 km/s/Mpc, where 1 ...
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How do we know for certain that space is expanding?

How do we know for certain that space is expanding? Let's say that in the year 1950, we observe that galaxy 1 is 5 billion light years away from us and galaxy 2 is 10 billion light years away from ...
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Looking out into the universe means looking back in time - how does that work?

This is a question that has been gnawing on me for many years now. Back a long time ago, as I recall in reference to a scene in a popular science show on TV, I was asked the following. The claim is ...
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Universe Expansion and two tennis balls

Clear the universe of all matter except for two tennis balls. Place the two tennis balls in the same inertial frame 1 Mpc apart. Are the tennis balls getting further apart? Will the tennis balls ...
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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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Speed of Universe Expansion [duplicate]

How much is the universe expanding every second (Earth second)? If you could be a bit simple in the answer that would be good.
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Gravitationally bound systems in an expanding universe

This isn't yet a complete question; rather, I'm looking for a qual-level question and answer describing a gravitationally bound system in an expanding universe. Since it's qual level, this needs a ...
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How do we know space is expanding when we are part of space? [duplicate]

From what I understand space itself is expanding, and the Big Bang attempts to describe this expansion at the very early stages of the universe. This is usually described in a visual way as 2 dots on ...