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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Obtaining a copy of Hawking's Ph.D thesis - Properties of Expanding Universes

Due to its popularity, I am interested to know the 4 chapter titles and topics covered in S.W. Hawking Ph.D, Properties of Expanding Universes. I also ask this because that thesis is hardly available.
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Does anything exist in the intergalactic space?

I am a part time physics enthusiast and I seldom wonder about the intergalactic space. First, it is my perception that all(almost all) the objects in the universe are organized in the forms of ...
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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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How much real and how much relative is our universe?

Apologies in advance if my question appears more philosophical than practical. It is indeed philosophy, but a philosophy relating to our scientific understanding of the universe as a whole. Special ...
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Does our Universe reside in the smallest particle? [closed]

I do not know where to ask this question in the first place, but I think here would be a start. Is there a possibility that if we go inside the smallest particle (which we have not discovered yet; ...
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What would happen if another big bang occurred at the centre of the current universe? [duplicate]

If another Big Bang occurred now, at the centre of our universe, what would happen? As the rate of expansion is increasing, the two "layers" (if there were any) would never meet, in which case, would ...
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Is the universe bounded?

As I understand it nobody can pinpoint an objective "center" of the universe nor "where" the Big Bang happened. It seems the observable universe is limited by our event horizon at some 14 billion ...
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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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Am I attracting Pluto?

My question is simple: as the title says, am I exerting a force over for example Pluto, although it is a very small force, it is there, right? Or maybe let's go further: Am I exerting a gravity force ...
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Is time travel impossible because it implies total energy in the universe is non-constant over time?

I have always argued with my friends regarding Time Travel that it is impossible. My argument has been that it will destroy the theory that all the energy in the universe is constant since when one ...
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How is the universe flat?

I have real trouble visualising what is meant by the descriptor 'flat' when referred to the shape of the observable universe. Which one of the below is more accurate? a) It is flat in a 2D way, like ...
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Rate of expansion of universe during big bang [duplicate]

We say big bang was the explosion not in the space but of the space itself that took place in a fraction of seconds. Speaking practically, we say the universe has no edge and is infinite. If the ...
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Universe expansion and general relativity [closed]

If the universe is expanding faster and faster, won't we reach a moment where the general relativity will make the mass so big, that the universe will have to decrease its acceleration?
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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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Can space expand with unlimited speed?

According to this article on the European Space Agency web site just after the Big Bang and before inflation the currently observable universe was the size of a coin. One millionth of a second later ...
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Where are the worlds in many-worlds interpretation?

What does it mean in MWI for other universes to exist? Are they in some sector of spacetime beyond our cosmic horizon or is it more complicated? I'm not asking this on Philosophy SE because people ...
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Light from the big bang [duplicate]

Considering that the Big Bang all started from a single point in space time, and the light emitted from it has been spreading outwards in all directions ever since, how do we, from earth, see the ...
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What is the amount of dark energy in the Universe, in joules?

I'm toying with an idea, and need absolute amounts of dark energy. I'd also like the same for dark matter. If these values are not estimated, why not?
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Could the universe really be expanding at a constant rate? [closed]

I was just thinking, sorry if this idea is idiotic, but since we know galaxies move away from each other at an accelerating rate, could this be due to a weakening gravitational force between galaxies? ...
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Is there a natural source of Antimatter in this universe?

I was just asking if there is an natural source of Antimatter in this universe capable of creating simple molecules/compounds? So, any good answers?
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Multiple Intersecting Universes [closed]

I am not a relativist or cosmologist, so this is very qualitative: I imagine a pair of universes, where each has two spatial dimensions (plus time), embedded in a 3-D (plus time) space, and these ...
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Is the total energy of the universe constant?

If total energy is conserved just transformed and never newly created, is there a sum of all energies that is constant? Why is it probably not that easy?
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Universe vs Multiverse. Time and Space

Wikipedia defines a multiverse as a hypothetical set of finite and infinite possible universes. Similarly, it defines the Universe is as "all of time and space and its contents". On the surface, ...
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How can the Schwarzschild radius of the universe be 13.7 billion light years?

So i was reading about Schwarzschild radius on Wiki and I found a interesting thing written there link. It says that the S. radius of the universe is as big as the size of the universe? How is ...
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What is meant by positive and negative gravity/energy/spacetime-curvature?

I have recently come across some cosmological assertions (based on empirical data) about the universe being self contained in the sense that it is entirely capable of coming into existence from a zero-...
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Where does all the energy in the universe come from? [duplicate]

The principle of conservation of energy says that all energy in a system will remain the same. It can just be transformed. The universe contains a huge amount of energy, but where did it come from? ...
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Gravitational waves, tides and the end of universe

Is tides proof of gravitational waves with low frequency? According to Wikipedia, In physics, gravitational waves are ripples in the curvature of space-time which propagate as waves, travelling ...
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Entropy is…disorder?

As I read somewhere, it said that the universe is heading toward disorder a.k.a entropy increasing. Now as far as I know from the second law of thermodynamics it states that entropy is indeed ...
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Intuitions for the simplest model in which the evolution of the laws of nature arises from the natural selection of structures [closed]

The problem I’m trying to solve can be described as To create the simplest model possible in which the evolution of the laws of nature arises from the natural selection of structures. This approach ...
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Expansion of the Universe [duplicate]

At what speed is our solar system expanding, and if it is, why don't the positions of the sun and planets change, or grow farther apart? Why is the Big Dipper still where it is?
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Chaotic inflationary model - bubble inside bubble

I was reading a bit about Prof. Linde's chaotic inflationary model of expansion of universe. He has mentioned about 'bubbles' of space time expansion. But no one has spoke about bubbles inside bubbles....
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Could the universe be accurately simulated with an infinitely powerful computer? [duplicate]

This would mean that every event happens because of what has hapened before it and there is no randomness factor. At a microscopic level, the motion of atoms is a result of the motion of other atoms ...
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What would be the implications of a Penrose Universe?

A Penrose tiling of a plane (note this not the same as a Penrose diagram) is a tiling that is "non-periodic", without "translational symmetry", meaning that you can't simply slide the pattern one ...
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How fast are we moving when standing still? [duplicate]

The Earth rotates around itself and revolves around the Sun. Our solar system revolves around the center of our galaxy and our galaxy is moving in some way throughout the universe. If you took into ...
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Is it impossible to practically predict the future?

For the sake of curiosity, let us postulate a universe that can be completely described by mathematics. Let us further postulate, that humankind has fully discovered all the fundamental laws of nature....
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is the expansion of the universe observable at a smaller scale? [duplicate]

I have searched the network for a possible duplicate to this question but I have not found one particulary answering my question so recommendations are welcome. I understand that distances of ...
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Dust mass-loss rate from a massive star given a set of parameters?

I've been looking for examples at how mass-loss rates are determined. I'm studying a circumstellar dust shell ejected from a Wolf-Rayet star. I have some parameters like, expansion velocity of the ...
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Does matter shrink uniformly 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 finite-...
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Hawking in A Brief History of Time: No beginning or end of the Universe

I am reading Stephen Hawking's book - A Brief History of Time. I haven't studied cosmology and the related sciences. Nevertheless, I am interested to know few things regarding the extract taken from ...
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Will physics ever be able to answer the question: “What caused the universe to come into existance”? [closed]

Or is this just the flip side of a metaphysical question "why does the universe not exist", if the opposite was the case and nothing existed i.e. a universe devoid of all energy, matter forces, ...
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Is there any possible evidence that can give us insight into what happened exactly at the Big Bang/why it happened?

It's mostly well accepted today that the Big Bang was the reason for today's universe, mostly due to the expansion, the cosmic microwave background etc. and mathematically the FLRW metric supports it. ...
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Does red shift evidence necessarily imply that the universe started from a singularity?

We are taught that the universe began as a singularity - an infinitely small and infinitely dense point. At the beginning of time there was a 'Big Bang' or, more accurately, 'Inflation'. The main ...
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Could our universe be destroyed within seconds? [closed]

I'm not that deep in physics. But some days ago I read, there could be different coexisting universes, which could even share "space" (or what ever it is) where each of them could have absolutely ...
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​Universe as a projection of something

Who has proposed this and is there an experimental proof? Where can I start to learn about this?
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Is simulating the entire universe possible?

Is it physically possible that we may one day simulate the entire universe with every single particle, field and law of physics factored in? Can n number of particles (say the number of particles that ...
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Is there any reason (other than convenience) to assume the universe is paracompact?

In this discussion on MathOverflow, it is mentioned that the universe, being a Riemannian manifold, must be paracompact. But is there any reason to assume the universe is globally 'small enough'? In ...
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Double the mass in the universe, double the inertia

If I double (halve) the mass in the visible universe, will my inertia double (halve)? I think it should, at least as soon ''I have received the news of this doubling''. But what does the General ...
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What is “Energy” of a vacuum in the context of quantum theory?

I'm not a physicist or cosmologist, so I hope I am asking the right question with the right words here. My question regards the word "energy" as it pertains to quantum vacuum states, and to concepts ...
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Why quantum fluctuation existed before big bang?

I read somewhere that quantum fluctuation can give rise to a big bang and thus the creation of a universe which we know today, where do these quantum fluctuations come from if space is only created ...
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Possible fate of our universe? A point in the future where the expansion remains a constant and the universe is just energy dominated.

What if The universe is ever expanding, but slows down at a continuous exponential rate, let's say (e), but continues as an asymptote. Is that liable? Would you say that, when it reached to an ...