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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Cosmology: what is a quantity that is called “$h$” in regard to angular size of a galaxy?

I am trying to solve a Cosmology problem, but a certain quantity $h$ appears in it, of which I do not know the definition (I have never seen it mentioned anywhere before). So I thought maybe someone ...
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How is “little $h$” measured in cosmology? The dimensionless parameter from the Hubble constant, $H_0$

Hubble's law has been well-know for close to a century now. It is written as $v = H_0 d$ where the Hubble constant $H_0$ is the constant of proportionality between recession speed $v$ and distance ...
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Consequences of space-expansion in the Universe [duplicate]

Current theories about Universe dimensions and age put them - respectively - at about 90 G light-years wide and 13.8 G years old. To avoid implying that matter travelled faster than light, theories ...
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Does the radius of the Universe correspond to its total entropy?

I heard a claim that due to holographic principle, the surface area of the cosmic horizon corresponds to the universe's total entropy. As such the initial state had zero surface area and later ...
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Why do we form cosmological theories based on old data?

Since the light we receive from distant galaxies may be between 7 and 14 billion light years away, the redshift we see indicates that the universe was expanding at that time (7 to 14 billion years ...
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Speed of light and current dimensions of the universe [duplicate]

I've seen several documentaries explaining that the diameter of the universe is currently estimated at over 90 billion light-years. And which that - in the face of the age of the universe being about ...
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Special and general relativity and space time

I have a question. I'm reading The Elegant Universe and it's talking about the special and general theory of relativity. One of the things it mentions is that time and the three dimensions of space ...
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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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Where does the energy go when light is redshifted? [duplicate]

Imagine a galaxy millions of lightyears away and, obeying Hubble's law, moving very quickly away from us. Now imagine the same galaxy emitted a green photon in our direction (a photon with a ...
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Does entropy increase or decrease as our Universe is expanding?

Scientists say that entropy of our universe is increasing as it is expanding and our universe is cooling down gradually from the time of its birth. If something is getting cooler and cooler, then how ...
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If photons don't “experience” time, how do they account for their gradual change in wavelength?

It is often said that photons do not experience time. From what I've read, this is because that when travelling at the speed of light, space is contracted to infinity, so while there is no time to ...
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By what means is space expanding?

By what means is space expanding? Can we reproduce the conditions in a laboratory experiment to observe "man made" space expansion?
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If the universe is expanding will gravitational attraction eventually go to zero?

Let's assume that we prove that dark matter exists (after all, only about 4 percent of the entire universal mass is atoms, and 22% dark matter, 74% dark energy (I think I got the numbers right)). ...
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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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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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It doesn't sound right [duplicate]

We have proved that the universe is expanding by observing distant planets and stars going away from each other. So can we predict our location in the universe by observing the different propotions ...
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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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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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cosmology - Hubble parameter equation [duplicate]

I have a question. We know that the Hubble constant in the space is a constant, is the same everywhere, but it changes in time, so we don't talk of H0 but H(t). Is there a way, a formula to compute ...
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Quantum mechanical explanation of the expansion of the universe?

All the explanations for the expansion of the universe that I have heard about are usually based off Einstein's General Relativity, and many quote the proposed all permeating Dark Energy as the cause ...
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Why haven't we seen the big bang?

The Andromeda galaxy is 2,538,000 light years away, so if we view Andromeda from a telescope, we see Andromeda how it was 2,538,000 years ago. Now the diameter of the visible universe is 92 billion ...
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Significance of light travel time in cosmology

When in astronomical news they say something like "It took $T$ billion years for the light from that galaxy to reach the Earth" or "The light traveled $L$ light years" what is the physical ...
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Is the Universe being dragged into a singularity rather than expanding?

Recently I've read that the expansion of the Universe as observed is not exactly uniform as proposed by Hubble. Therefore is it possible that instead of space expanding in all directions all matter is ...
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Question about universe expansion

In general relativity, we cannot determine the global structure of the universe (since it is not flat), therefore all measurements and observations are only meaningful locally. In particular, we can ...
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How the mass is conserved during continuous expansion?

If universe is continuously expanding doesn't it contradict the fact that mass is conserved? Because if mass is conserved so how is universe expanding?
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The Big Bang theory hypothesis

Is there a simple way to state the hypotheses of the Big Bang theory? I have the impression that the Big Bang singularity is merely a consequence of Freedman equations. Could somebody clarify what ...
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Why is the Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (BAO) calculated like this?

In the Wikipedia, it says that, when calculating the Baryon Acoustic Oscillations (sound horizon), we measure $150\text{ Mpc}$, saying that the sound horizon is the "Physical Length of sound horizon ...
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Why is the singularity of the Big Bang not considered to be the center of the Universe? [duplicate]

If the universe is expanding, then at some time in the past, it must have started from a single point but why this point is not the center of the Universe. Just like the singularity of black holes is ...
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Does the total particle energy increase in FRW Universe?

If a particle travels on a geodesic with 4-momentum $P^\mu$ in a spacetime with a Killing vector $K_\mu$ then we have a constant of motion, $K$, given by: $$K=K_\mu P^\mu$$ Using the relationships: ...
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What was the density of the universe when it was only the size of our solar system?

What was the density of the universe when it was only the size of our solar system? Did it approach neutron star density? Is it physically correct to even ask such a question?
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Is the Big Bang notion compatible with the flat space? (A problem with the **moment** of Big Bang, not with the place of it) [duplicate]

A passage from a paper: "If one imagines running the clock backward in time, any given region of the universe shrinks and all galaxies in it get closer and closer until they smash together in ...
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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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How can we detect cosmic background microwave radiation? [closed]

From my understanding this stuff expands at or near the speed of light -- and it's origins are that of the creation of this universe (via big bang). Obviously, our planet does not expand from origin ...
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Meaning of $R(t)$ in FLRW metric

In the FLRW metric what is the meaning of $R(t)$ from a geometric point of view? And from a physical point of view? $$ds^2 = dt^2 - R^2(t) \left( \frac{d\bar r ^2}{1-\kappa \bar r^2} + \bar r ^2 d ...
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What does a galaxy orbit?

Moons orbit planets, planets orbit stars, and stars orbit the center of a galaxy. So, my question is what does a galaxy orbit? The center of universe? (I know that the universe has no center)
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Hubble Constant at understandable distances

If I had two tennis balls, one meter apart, at what velocity are they moving away from each other due to Hubble flow? (Assume they are in a zero G environment, and nothing impedes their movement.)
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Is it possible to detect if everyting in the Universe is changing size? [duplicate]

This may be a trivial question, but I cannot find a good answer to it. What would happen if the size of everything in the Universe is multiplied by some constant factor at the same time, let's say ...
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If everything in the universe doubled in size overnight, would it be noticeable?

By my understanding, if everything doubled in size, such as the Sun and the Earth, and because the space in between them (which is nothing) can't expand, would the gravities greatly change and the ...
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Where is the universe expanding from? [duplicate]

It seems to be quite a common question to ask "what is the universe expanding into?" However I want to ask "where is the universe expanding from?" Is there a "centre of expansion" of our universe ...
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Was the expansion after the big bang faster than the speed of light? [duplicate]

I think it's called Planck time and it's the speed at which matter spread during the big bang. Was the big bang expansion faster than the speed of light?
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Is the light from the stars within our galaxy redshifted?

I know that metric expansion does not happen within a galaxy. But is the light from stars in our galaxy somehow redshifted? Also, everyone says that our galaxy isn't expanding. But is there a slight ...
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What is the implication of an expanding universe on a small scale? [duplicate]

As a layman I am struggling to understand what effects the fact that the universe itself expands has on distance, density etc. If the universe expands by a factor $k$, does that mean that the ...
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Redshift of light in dark matter

Following Edwin Hubble, it is widely believed that the universe is expanding, which is based on the red-shift of light from distant objects. Can dark matter cause light to be red-shifted and make it ...
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Do clocks measure conformal time (new argument)?

Assuming the spatially flat FRW metric for simplicity: $$ds^2=c^2dt^2-a(t)^2(dx^2+dy^2+dz^2)$$ where $t$ is cosmological time, $a(t)$ is the scaling factor and $x,y,z$ are co-moving spatial Cartesian ...
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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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What proof do we have that space is expanding? [duplicate]

how can we really say that space is expanding when we cannot see the distant galaxies forming nor are the planets nearby newly formed, nor is anything expanding in size nor are we going far away? ...
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Momentum conservation in FRW spacetime

The spatially flat FRW metric in Cartesian co-ordinates is given by: $$ds^2 = -dt^2 + a^2(t)(dx^2 + dy^2 + dz^2)$$ As I understand it, since the metric does not depend on the spatial co-moving ...
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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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The Doppler shift and the apparent speed of galactic rotation with distance

A Doppler redshift would also give the illusion that galaxies were rotating more slowly then they are with the degree of illusory slowing in proportion to the degree of redshift. Do more distant ...