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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How Higgs Field is a constant in an Expanding Universe [on hold]

Going through information on Higgs Field in various forums, it seems that the mass of an object is due its interaction with the Higgs Field which is constant throughout the universe. However it ...
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Universe as a black hole - how did everything escape? [duplicate]

While listening to physics lectures, they glossed over things escaping from black holes insinuating it doesn't happen other than radiation... When talking about the period between Planck Epoch & ...
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Does the universe expand in every direction evenly? [duplicate]

I've heard that the universe is expanding constantly and that galaxies are moving further and further away from each other because of this. However, does the universe expand in every direction evenly ...
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Solving the Friedmann Equation [on hold]

Through substituting for values of $\rho$ and $k$, I have: $$H^2=\left(\frac{\dot{a}}{a}\right)^2=\frac{8\pi G C}{3a^4} + \frac{\Lambda c^2}{3}$$ $a=a(t)$, and $a(t=0)=0$. Note that $C$ is a ...
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Why is it said that photon-wavelengths have increased by a factor of 1000 since our universe became transparent to light?

After reading several explanations for the so-called "Hubble-radius", and still being confused, (as I reckon are some of the folks who tried to answer THAT question !!), I have a related question, ...
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How can the size of the universe change over time when time is part of the universe?

Bit of an awkward way to phrase it, but basically: Time in relativity is just one of four dimensions of space-time. Nothing really special about it. Yet the universe was once smaller than it is now ...
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The expansion of the universe and its edge

I have understood that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. I have also thought, perhaps mistakenly, that this expansion means not that the masses in the universe are moving away from ...
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Is the Universe infinite or it's just expanding to infinity?

According to the WMAP data in the past years we can say that our universe is considered flat or at least nearly flat and we also know that flat universe is allowed to be both infinite or finite in ...
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How does critical density affect the expansion of the universe if gravity is the curvature of space-time?

From what I know there are three scenarios about the end and expansion of the universe that all depend on the concept of critical density: If the matter of our universe is above critical density, ...
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Would order 1AU metric expansion of space begin if the solar system were not inside a galaxy?

In this question I describe the >30 years of laser ranging between lasers on Earth and the retroreflector arrays on the Moon. Amazingly, after comparing this data to simulation of all of the orbital ...
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How the speed of light is constant with the particle horizon moving toward us

I asked a question earlier with the same subject in mind. However, I was rather upset at the time and it didn't make much sense. I'm taking an astronomy course and seem to be misunderstanding ...
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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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Does the expanding universe prove the theory of relativity wrong? [duplicate]

I recently read an article which said the the universe is expanding with a very high velocity, which is even a lot faster than the speed of light. So, doesn't this prove Einstein's theory wrong which ...
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What does the Friedmann Equation imply for the cosmological constant?

The Friedmann equation is given by $$(\frac{\dot{a}}{a})^2 = \frac{8 \pi G \rho}{3} - \frac{kc^2}{a^2} + \frac{\lambda c^2}{3}.$$ Considering that the left hand side is analagous to the kinetic energy ...
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Source of energy for infinite expansion

I read in several sources that matter, dark matter & dark energy contributes 5%, 26% and 69% of the known universe. Also, I read in a slide deck about Big Bang theory on nobelprize.org that total ...
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Expanding Universe [closed]

So an expanding universe has the metric $$ds^2 = g_{\mu \nu} dx^\mu dx^\nu = -dt^2 + a(t) ( dr^2+r^2 d\Omega^2)$$ where $d\Omega^2 = d\theta^2 + \sin^2\theta d\varphi^2$ as the usual spherical ...
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How do we know that the big bang happened everywhere, simultaneously? [duplicate]

If we can't see beyond the limits of the observable universe how do we know that the big bang happened everywhere, simultaneously?
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If the universe stopped expanding, when would we realize it?

Suppose in this moment the universe stopped expanding, how long would if take and how would we register the change? Since the bodies are still and it is space that is expanding in between, we wouldn'...
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Flat Universe and Evolving Geometry [duplicate]

I have heard in multiple locations that in the case of a flat universe, the universe is infinite. This seems to present multiple issues: a) If a flat universe were infinite, would would the space of ...
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How is the speed in Hubble's law determined, if not from the Doppler shift?

Hubble's law originally mentions the speed (i.e. proper motion) of a receding galaxy, as calculated via the Doppler effect from the observed redshift. However, the observed redshift is today explained ...
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Is the universe actually expanding?

Up until recently I was fairly sure that the universe is expanding, i.e. the (spatial) metric is changing proportionally to the scale factor, such that the distance measured between objects is ...
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Did time also began from big bang?

Did time began from big bang? If not then what existed before big bang? If time had a beginning, then does it have a end, or pause because if time had a pause then we would not have known about it, ...
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Misconceptions about the universe - Hubble Sphere

I recently watched Veritasium's (excellent) video "Misconceptions about the Universe". However, he said something (at 2min 25s) which I think is wrong. Can somebody please clarify this one way or the ...
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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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How does the Higgss field change with the expanding universe?

Does the expanding universe really have an effect on the Higgs field? Say, is it like the matter getting diluted with the expanding universe? Or does the expansion does not have any effect on the ...
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How is the Universe expanding faster than the speed of light? [duplicate]

I was watching a youtube video about the expansion of the universe. So the video said that the universe is expanding at a speed faster than the speed of light. I have 2 questions about that. My first ...
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Intuition behind deriving the FRW metric

I am studying the FRW metric and am looking at a motivation for it here. The motivation seems to use four spatial dimensions. Why do we need the fourth spatial dimension in this? This doesn't seem ...
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Big Crunch, then new Big Bang = exact same Universe? [closed]

If after a Big Crunch, the new singularity explodes in a Big Bang, would we get the same Universe all over again? Since black holes retain all the information they've stored, would we get an exact ...
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The origin of the universe and its current movement [duplicate]

Our universe started with the big bang, which was not within our universe, since it didn't exist. Let's assume it was the result of a quantum fluctuation in time. I have 2 questions: The common ...
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What is the fate of a hyper-sphere universe?

This PBS video postulates a positively curved universe which is in the shape of something the narrator calls a "hypersphere". http://youtu.be/AwwIFcdUFrE?t=6m33s Such a universe would have no edge, ...
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Big Freeze or Heat Death?

I can't seem to find this on the Internet.... Which is most likely to occur to "end" the universe, the big freeze scenario? Or the heat death scenario? P.s. When, if it does at all, will the ...
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Direction of travel in universe

When observe the universe we see that galaxies are much closer than they are at this very moment because of the time it takes for the light to reach us. However do we see this phenomenon in every ...
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Why did our universe become transparent to light approx. 300,000 years after the Big Bang started?

Most books say that at age 300,000 years, our universe had cooled to approx. 3000 degrees Kelvin, which allowed free-electrons to bind with atomic nuclei, which allowed light to travel, unimpeded, ...
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Age of universe from Hubble's constant

Assume the Robertson-Walker metric: $$g = -d\tau^2 + a^2(\tau)\gamma$$ where $\gamma$ is the flat, spherical or hyperbolic spatial metric and $a$ is the scale factor. Wald seems to calculate the age ...
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What is the equation for the scale factor of the universe, a(t), for the best fit of data to the $\Lambda CDM$ Model of Cosmology?

Ideally I like a single formula or multiple formulas for different time ranges that would cover the time from the end of inflation through 100+ billion years after the big bang using the $\Lambda CDM$...
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Why isn't mass still being created in the universe? [closed]

I was watching a lecture by Alan Guth and wished I was in the classroom to be able to ask a question. He explained that the total energy in the universe could be very close to zero since mass and ...
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Hubble's law and conservation of energy

If all distances are constantly increasing, as Hubble's law say, then lots of potential energies of form ~$\frac{1}{r}$ changes, so how is the total energy of the Universe conserved with Hubble's ...
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If the size of universe doubled

My question is silly formulated, but I want to know if there is some sensible physical question buried in it: Suppose an exact copy of our universe is made, but where spatial distances and sizes are ...
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Why is acceleration of expansion of space unexplained?

I didn't know how to better phrase the question so here we go. It says that the farther we see from our galaxy the faster the other object seems to be going away (accelerating). My common sense ...
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In the classical inflation and big bang theory how can the universe grow to infinity?

Some astronomers make the conjecture that the universe is actually infinite in extent (which is a bad manner of expressing, I know). If so, how could it grow to this size in the classical theory of ...
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Dark energy and gravitation force

This might be a silly question to ask but still I had to ask. we know that gravitational force between two galaxies are quite less as compared to the dark energy. so two galaxy are separated at speed ...
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Why do galaxies in the Local Group not obey the Hubble law?

The way I understand it is that the galaxies in the Local Group have a gravitational attraction that causes a relative velocity inconsistent with the recessional velocity predicted in the Hubble law. ...
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Compton wavelength And universe expansion

I'd like to ask stupid question. As I understand the wavelength of photons increase in time due to universe expansion. And it seems that Compton wavelength of particles does not changes in the same ...
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Is the effect of mass density on the expansion of the universe linear?

The average expansion rate for large scales parsec and above measured is $\approx 73\,{\rm km}\,{\rm s}^{-1}\,{\rm Mpc}^{-1}$. This expansion is calculated for average densities of space volume across ...
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Expansion of the Universe and Relativistic Mass

First let's say that all velocities are relative to the centroid of mass of the Universe. Given that every body in the universe is accelerating apart from every other, and mass increases with velocity ...
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Space needed for expansion of the Universe [duplicate]

I realise that the universe is expanding, but doesn't it need more space to expand into? Is there some space outside our universe where the universe can expand? But if there is, doesn't it prove that ...
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How did the universe shift from “dark matter dominated” to “dark energy dominated”?

In order to get dark energy to dominate, wouldn't you first need another form of energy to push the expansion until dark energy could dominate? Otherwise I don't understand how the universe could ...
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Does the FRW metric imply spacetime scales?

The FRW metric can be written in conformal co-ordinates to give: $$ds^2=a^2(\eta)(-d\eta^2+d\mathbf{\Sigma^2}),$$ where $\eta$ is the conformal time and $\mathbf{\Sigma}$ ranges over 3-dimensional ...
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What is the relationship between an expanding universe, an increase in entropy and the the creation of mass?

What is the relationship between an expanding universe, an increase in entropy and the the creation of mass? Could the creation of mass be driven by or in equilibrium with the creation of space?
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If the universe has no center, how it can collapse?

After reading Does the universe have a center? and trying to find a place in my mind for "There exists no center", I asked myself: If there is no center, in what direction our universe will collapse, ...