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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Was the smaller, warmer Universe of the past conducive to life?

If the Universe began hot and dense, and is now generally cold and sparse, was there a period of the time in the distant past when the temperature of the "Universe" (or a random point in the Universe) ...
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The reason for the fading of galaxies?

Galaxies that are greater than a distance of c/H metres from Earth have recessional velocities exceeding the speed of light and begin to fade. Thus, theoretical astronomers 3 trillion years the future ...
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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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Cosmic Scale Factor $R$ and redshift

I'm slightly confused by an idea of redshift: If we assume the distance between two points is given by: $$d = R Δx$$ we can assume that $$λ_0 = R_0 Δx$$ And when we receive the emission it will ...
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Cosmic inflation and space flatness

I am new here, an avid Physics reader, but have lots of questions and doubts on which I'd like to get the help of a pro physicist. Here goes some about the theory of Inflation: a) after the first ...
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Many questions about expanding of the space

Sorry if my grammar is a bit off. But I have few questions about space and its expansion. If space expands faster and faster all the time, will there be a time when we cannot see further than "hubble ...
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How is a result of no time variation in the gravitational constant $G$ related to a measurement of no local expansion?

In this answer @PhillS linked to the paper Progress in Lunar Laser Ranging Tests of Relativistic Gravity which has given me a great start. While its main focus is on the Equivalence Principle (EP) ...
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What are the effects of relativity on the universe itself? [closed]

I'm obviously not anything like an expert on the subject, but it occurs to me that the relativity of objects or lack thereof would affect the environment around it. Time moves fastest when there is ...
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Expansion of the Universe and Conservation of Energy [duplicate]

How the expansion of the universe doesn't violate the principle of the conservation of energy? If we would put a spring between two objects, the distance would get bigger between them, so would the ...
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How do we know that the galaxies the farthest away from us are actually speeding up?

What i mean is Hubble proved that the galaxies the farthest away from us were moving away faster than the galaxies closer to us. I have a basic understanding of red shift. I've always wondered (and ...
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What is a simple explanation to the fact that the universe is expanding? [closed]

How can we prove that the expansion of the universe is actually occurring to highschool children?
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How can we find out the distance to a galaxy using redshift?

As redshift occurs due to Doppler effect and universe expansion, how do we know what part of the shift is responsible for which, in order to determine the distance to the object emitting the waves? Is ...
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The CMB and the Hubble comoving radius

I have been thinking on this for a while and i don't get it. My point is, the comoving Hubble radius $(aH)^{-1}$ is the distance at wich the universe expansion begins to be superluminical. In an ...
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Before the Big Bang

I've heard this saying before I don't know about anyone else. It says, "What ever was before the Big Bang is something physics can't explain..! Is this saying true (accurate)?
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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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What evidence is there that universe will not shrink again?

There are theory that universe eternally expanding and shrinking, so that every event and our lives will repeated again. At the other hand some scientists thinks that it will not shrink again because ...
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Curisioty about universe [duplicate]

I am a bachelor student and I have a question going round my mind about the universe. Every one says that the universe is ever expanding and it is also said that the vast possible space is also the ...
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How does a particular galaxy's apparent recessional velocity CHANGE as the universe expands?

By this I mean will the light from distant galaxies continue to show red shift (i.e. if you look at light from a particular galaxy now and in 10000 years time, the spectra will have been shifted ...
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Did our Universe experience a curvature dominated phase?

So, my question is simple: did our Universe experience a curvature dominated phase? Or, rather, could our Universe have experienced a curvature dominated phase? This seems quite shruggish, at first ...
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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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Scanning the universe - edit: expanding or shrinking

I know that this may sound as a very basic question, but how come that we can detect CMB radiation, light or gravitational waves from the big-bang era? Shouldn't this radiation has overtaken us a ...
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Dark energy and virtual particles

If space time is accelerating away from itself everywhere due to dark energy, could this acceleration be the cause of virtual particles, essentially Unruh radiation?
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Rate of change of temperature of the Universe

Temperature of the whole universe is about 2.7K base on the wmap satellite. I know that temperature has to decrease to time and I have difficult time finding references for rate of change of ...
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Why don't big bang photons conserve mass and energy? [duplicate]

A photon from the big bang has lost most of its momentum and energy. What does it push against? Does it break the 'laws' of conservation of energy and momentum? Is there any possibility that momentum ...
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How is this conflict about age of the universe resolved?

In a previous Phys.SE question, Does a spaceship travelling at near lightspeed see the universe aging slow or fast?, the answer (which was followed by a proof involving co-moving reference frames) was ...
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If gravitons are 'real' and analogous to photons are they also being 'stretched' by the universe's expansion?

Since photon wavelengths are stretched by our expanding universe, appearing to us as a redshift, would graviton wavelengths similarly be stretched? For that matter, do gravitons even have a ...
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If space can expand faster than light why can't gravitational wave?

I heard that gravitational wave is the measure of stretchiness of space time, so since there is no limit to how fast space can stretch what about gravitational wave?
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Why can't our expanding universe be an imploding universe that appears expanding relative to us? [closed]

Galaxies moving away from us is our proof of an expanding universe. However, if the universe was contracting towards a black hole we would see a galaxy ahead of us accelerating faster towards that ...
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Expanding space and red shift

Assuming space is really expanding - Due to expanding space, distant galaxies are supposed to be moving away from us. When light leaves a distant galaxy, it's wavelength is red shifted to begin with ...
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Tired light red shift hypothesis

Have there been any recent attempts to falsify the tired light hypothesis alternative to the Doppler shift explanation for the red shift, or is it simply ignored like the pilot wave quantum mechanical ...
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Would cosmological redshift be present in the following situation?

I'm trying to understand if cosmological redshift is just a secondary form of doppler redshift, or something else entirely. Suppose the two galaxies in the picture are receding from each other, but ...
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Is there a proof that space expanding produces observers at all points that see what we see?

I know that galaxies are moving away from us, and so can see that it's intuitive that if space was expanding, then the astronomical observations from Earth would be the same as at all other points in ...
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What are the pieces of evidence that universe is expanding? [duplicate]

Do we have any other evidence other than red shift? Is anyone trying to disapprove inflation? Also, can red shift occur because of large distance, not only because two objects are going farther from ...
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What causes the expansion of space? [closed]

What is causing space to expand? Is it due to some kind of innate property or is it due to some force? I did a google search on this and found lots of articles explaining that space is expanding ...
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How Can a Singularity contain different things? [closed]

According to the Big Bang model, space and everything in it was squeezed into a infinitely small point which subsequently expanded. But if everything is squeezed into a point of zero size than there ...
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How object's movement is separated from the space-time movement?

In Issues related to expansion of the universe while space-time itself is moving how it is possible to calculate the speed of an moving object? In other words how object's movement is separated from ...
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Why is speed of light a constant while distance in space is not?

Disclaimer: I asked this at Astronomy.SE, but got no answer whatsoever, so I am trying my luck here. As you probably know current state-of-the art physics (i.e. gravitational waves, cosmic expansion) ...
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Wouldn't it take an infinite amount of time to create an infinite universe? [duplicate]

I have heard many people say that the universe is possible infinite. But, if it takes time and energy to create bodies such as planets and stars and the universe has only existed for 13.7 billion ...
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Big Bounce - does everything repeat itself in exactly the same way? [closed]

I am not very scientifically literate and I have this idea - wondering if it makes any sense. Let's take the Big Bounce model of the universe. Let's say that there's a Big Bang, followed by an ...
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Standing wave on a circle [closed]

Suppose that we have a standing wave on a circle. I heard that by gradually increasing the radius of the circle, the wavelength will also increase to keep the standing wave. Is it right? If yes, ...
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Is General Relativity compatible with relative speeds bigger than $c$ between two inertial frames?

My question is motivated by a remark done by Tegmark in his book "Our Mathematical Universe". He says that GRT does not prove that relative speeds between material points are always smaller than c. It ...
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Don't rulers expand at the same rate as the universe they measure? [duplicate]

If you placed a giant ruler between the sun and our nearest star for example, wouldn't the divisions on the ruler expand at the same rate as the universe - therefore maintaining a constant distance? ...
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Why does space expansion not expand matter?

I have looked at other questions on this site (e.g. "why does space expansion affect matter") but can't find the answer I am looking for. So here is my question: One often hears talk of space ...
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Is the sensitivity of the LIGO sensitive enough to measure the “expansion of the universe”? What specifically is the numerical ratio of effects?

It would seem that LIGO measures wibbles in the metric (not manifold) of spacetime: How is it that distortions in space can be measured as distances? It would seem that the expansion of the universe ...
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How is Space-Time produced? [closed]

The parable of the ant walking on the surface of a balloon tells us that as the balloon expands, more of surface is created, hence more place for the ant to walk. Space-Time is also in the same ...
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Is the cosmological horizon expanding faster than space itself?

I read that the rate of expansion of the universe is still a mystery. But if it's actually decelerating, wouldn't it mean that our cosmological horizon is expanding faster than space, and that one day ...
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Scale factor of the universe

Do we impose that the scale factor $a(t)$ of the Universe is a continuous function? Or there is a physical meaning? Usually in physics we define functions to be continuous, such as the velocity of a ...
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My question is about big bang theory [closed]

Oh srry my english is weak i am only 11 years old but i love physics my question was accourding to maxwell and enistien nothing can go faster than light and if we give an object enough energy to move ...
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How can we say time began at big bang?

I have seen many times scientists refer to time when Big Bang took place and space and time born out of singularity. 'Beginning of Time' is a very misleading statement,because process of beginning ...
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Slow-roll approximation for potential $V=\frac{1}{2}m^{2}\varphi^{2}$

I'm attempting to derive a solution to the slow-roll approximation for a scalar potential of the form $V=\frac{1}{2}m^{2}\varphi^{2}$. For the solution for $a(t)$ I will start by taking the slow-roll ...