The universe refers to the cosmos; all of space-time and that which exists as part of it. Alternatively, it can refer to the observable universe, which only contains the part we can see. Questions tagged with this should ask about physics at scales the size of the universe or specific properties of ...

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How do we estimate $10^{23}$ stars in the observable universe?

Now, I read somewhere, that there are $10^{23}$ stars in the observable universe. How did scientists estimate this?
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Is time continuous or discrete?

While working on physics simulation software, I noticed that I had implemented discrete time (the only type possible on computers). By that I mean that I had an update mechanism that advanced the ...
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Where did the energy of the universe come from? [duplicate]

Last week my Physics teacher asked the class this question: If the internal energy of the universe is constant, then where did all the energy come from originally?
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If the universe is spatially infinite, and if something (A) is possible, does that mean the thing (A) happens?

Assuming that the universe is spatially infinite, extending outwards in all directions without end, and is consistent with what we have thus far observed, and predict to find (and predict to be out ...
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Is There A 'Leading Edge' to the Universe? [duplicate]

Is there a center to the universe? Did the Big Bang happen at a single location, spreading outwards? Or, was the Big Bang more of a state-change, in which the universe went from super-dense and ...
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Has the universe we live in started as a black hole that is imploding?

As discussed in this question, as far back as the 1960s it was suggested that the Schwarzschild metric can be smoothly joined to a de Sitter metric. For example the idea has been used by Lee Smolin in ...
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A model that predicts the universe is finite in space and time

A physics professor talked in a YouTube video about a paper he and his colleagues published. The paper presents a model that ties the mass of particles to the size of the universe. He summarizes their ...
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My idea on parallel universes [closed]

I have a question I've long wanted to ask somebody and I see no place better than here to do it! I am not a physicist in any way, Im just a big fan :) So, I have an idea of parallel universes in my ...
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Is the Universe still believed to be flat?

I have read a handful of old articles from mid 2013 expressing that the Universe may, in fact, be curved. http://www.nature.com/news/universe-may-be-curved-not-flat-1.13776 ...
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Where's all the light going in the universe?

According to my knowledge, matter can not go faster than light, and light is emitted constantly in the universe from many types of reactions. If this is so, then isn't light constantly getting past ...
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Failure of the Steady State Theory

I was reading a journal of astronomy and came to the most famous opponent of Big Bang theory: The Steady State Theory: The 20th - century theory was proposed by Hoyle,Gold and Bondie. The ...
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Why did everything in space cool out?

Through my research, I learned that; According to thermophysics, heat always moves from an area of high heat to an area of low heat. Space has no heat at all. It is extremely cold However, ...
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Infinite space or finite space?

I have been reading about the nature of space (Brian Greene's and Max Tegmark's recent books) and have a question on the size of space. Both references acknowledge that general relativity equations ...
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Infinite space, nothingness, and the concept of infinity [closed]

These two questions are a follow-up to my previous Phys.SE question on finite space. The first question challenges the concept of infinite space. Space is something: it is ruled by laws, and ...
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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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Determining zero energy from $k=0$?

I'm curious as to the equations necessary for finding a total energy of 0 (or, I suppose, the energy density of empty space due to quantum fluctuations) in a flat Friedmann universe such as ours. The ...
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What does the “size of the universe” mean if the Universe is infinite?

There are questions that may seem to be similar to this one, but I've yet to find an answer. I have come to understand that a flat universe, that is to say a curverature of $k=0$ which means that ...
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At what speed does our universe expand?

Conceivably it expands with the speed of light. I do not know, but curious, if there is an answer. At what velocity, does our universe expand?
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Size of the Hubble volume in 4 billion years

What will the size of the observable universe be in 4 billion years? At present day, light would only reach us if it came from a galaxy within 13.5 billion1 light years, with anything outside that ...
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Center of mass & Big Bang Theory

I have read in my text books about the Big Bang theory and quote "the entire matter in the universe was once concentrated in a single very dense and hot fire ball; it exploded some 20 billion years ...
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Questions about the Jeans length

I have a couple of questions about the Jeans length. Suppose the universe has a homogeneous energy density, except there's a spherical region that is overdense. I understand that if the region is ...
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If the universe is infinite, should there be a duplicate of me with probability 1? [duplicate]

I was just wondering: if the universe is really infinite, and there is a certain probability to find a life form just like me on another planet (for example $1.0 \cdot 10^{-150}$), is it therefore ...
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source of energy for expansion of the universe

I know in order for something to expand or grow it has to be fueled by something? So, if the universe is expanding their must be something that's keeping the universe at a temperature high enough for ...
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Why did the big bang need to produce equal amounts of matter and antimatter? [duplicate]

I've tried to find an answer for this but couldn't find one. Whats the problem with matter being created with little or no antimatter
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Is there, and if there is, what is the name of the concept that matter is made out of void/space?

I can't recall where I heard about this, but it was rather intriguing. I recall the notion that matter is compressed void/space, where I remember an example of a bedsheet representing space, and the ...
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What happens when a photon reaches the “edge” of the universe? [duplicate]

As I understand it, there are several models for what the universe could look like from the “outside”. I don’t know if any of these are outdated, so if they are please tell me if they are. Expanding ...
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Will an un-scattered photon go to the edge of the universe? [duplicate]

Will an unhindered (un-scattered) photon go to the edge of the universe?
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TEO: raise of a System [closed]

I think this question is settled somewhere betweeen physics and philosophy and we surely can not find a answer that fits 100%, but lets talk about it. While thinking about how the universe and its ...
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What is known about the topological structure of spacetime?

General relativity says that spacetime is a Lorentzian 4-manifold $M$ whose metric satisfies Einstein's field equations. I have two questions: What topological restrictions do Einstein's equations ...
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How can the Big Bang singularity exist in spacetime if it has zero volume? [closed]

How can the Big Bang singularity exist if it has zero volume? I tried googling to find the answer - no help. Can someone give a general idea how can the big bang singularity exist even if it has zero ...
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Does space expand locally without restriction in freefall to central region of black hole?

It is often stated that a distant observer will observe a freefalling object as experiencing an infinite journey to the event horizon, but that a traveler in the local frame will experience a ...
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If the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?

If the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into? When the big bang happened where did it occur? When the big bang happened how did it occur? Where did the energy come from? Energy can not ...
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A universe from nothing [duplicate]

The more time you spending in measuring your experiment (thus standard deviation will become smaller) the more precisely you will measure energy of this system.... energy time uncertainly principle ...
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How can a quasar be 29 billion light-years away from Earth if Big Bang happened only 13.8 billion years ago? [duplicate]

I was reading through the Wikipedia article on Quasars and came across the fact that the most distant Quasar is 29 Billion Light years. This is what the article exactly says The highest redshift ...
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How do we know that space expanded with speed faster that a speed of light during big-bang inflation?

How do we know that space expanded faster than a speed of light in inflation? I have read this Phys.SE question, and it says that limit for faster than a speed of light is for matter and waves only. I ...
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Does gravity slow the expansion of the universe?

Does gravity slow the expansion of the universe? I read through the thread http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=322633 and I have the same question. I know that the universe is not being ...
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Can a lone black hole in a closed Universe evaporate?

If there is a closed Universe which only has a black hole in it, can that black hole evaporate? As the black hole evaporates, it gives off energy, which will eventually come back and be re-absorbed ...
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Will the Hubble parameter reach zero asymptotically in the far future?

In the current accelerated expansion universe model will the Hubble parameter $H$ reach zero asymptotically in the far future?
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Is it possible all matter in the universe emerges from nothing?

If the Universe is flat and the total energy of the universe can be zero (we don't know if it is, but many theorists support the idea, i.e. at BB initial conditions: t = 0, V = 0, E = 0) then is it ...
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Why does a flat universe imply an infinite universe?

This article claims that because the universe appears to be flat, it must be infinite. I've heard this idea mentioned in a few other places, but they never explain the reasoning at all.
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The Universe as a four-dimensional sphere?

I was chatting with my 12yo cousin yesterday and we got to the Universe, its size and stuff like that. Then he came up with the idea (I'll rephrase it), that the Universe could basically be a 4d ...
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Is the universe expanding on a preferred axis, or asymmetrically?

I remember back in 2011 i found this paper on the research a team of Chinese physicist completed about the universe may having a prefered axis when expanding. On ARXIV I haven't seen any other ...
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Expanding universe space through matter or matter through space? [duplicate]

So the universe is expanding, rather space is expanding. By expanding we mean space is coming into existence at all points.  Is that an equal rate of expansion everywhere? Now the expansion does not ...
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How can interstellar space have a temperature of 2-3K?

Several different sources online state that the average temperature of interstellar space (or the universe in general) is around 2-3K. I learned that temperature is basically the wiggling of matter, ...
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How do we observe the expansion of the universe?

This is my first question. So I was reading about expansion of the universe and from what I've seen, the only way that we know that universe is expanding is by measuring redshift. Also, here it says ...
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What has been proved about the big bang, and what has not?

Ok so the universe is in constant expansion, that has been proven, right? And that means that it was smaller in the past.. But what's the smallest size we can be sure the universe has ever had? I ...
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What is the opposite of the Planck length?

What "large size" unit of length could be considered at the opposite end of spectrum from Planck's length? Is there a table of smallest and largest value for various physical quantities that can be ...
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As the universe expands, the wavelengths of photons are stretched, and energy is lost. What about electrons?

Will electrons, and other particles, also loose energy as they travel through the cosmos? They have wavelengths. Do they get "stretched"? My guess is that the EM force, somehow, counteracts this ...
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Dark age of universe when all fusion process ceases?

Some say we live in the golden age of the universe because there exits countless number of stars that shines in the dark universe. As the supply of gas for star formation is steadily being exhausted, ...
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How did the gravity of the particles/objects behave at the edge of the expanding universe moments after big bang?

During a very short time after the big bang, the universe must have had an edge of space-time which is very close to all the matter in the universe. The particles which are close to or on the edge ...