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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Mathematically possible vs physically probable outcomes

A good buddy of mine and I have had a friendly debate about the origins of the current state of our universe (namely; Earth and life on Earth) and have fundamentally disagreed in our stances with ...
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Reconciling “The Big Crunch” with the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

Assume "The Big Crunch" scenario (the universe will collapse to a singularity). In this case, I think of the entire universe as an isolated system; in the "Big Crunch" scenario, it seems to me gravity ...
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If we say the universe is expanding, shouldn't it be expanding relative to something?

I don't understand, if everything in this world is relative to something else, then cannot we essentially say that nothing exists independently? We say that the universe is considered to be the ...
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Aside from Noether's theorem, what other concepts would explain energy conservation?

Energy is defined more in the mathematical sense, and tends to show true with observations in the physical world. But why is energy conserved aside from "Noether's theorem"? In a closed system that ...
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Is the universe expanding at a speed of almost $2c$?

I've been told nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Therefore, from my vantage point the diameter of the universe is increasing at a rate of $2c$. Are there any flaws in my thinking?
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Is this how a Universe could be created from nothing? [closed]

So this is a rather simplistic understanding but I want to know if it's fundamentally correct: We have nothing which we'll represent as $0$. Then we need a Universe which we can represent as any ...
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Dark Energy / Accelerating universe: naive question

Folks, I have a naive question regarding the subject of dark energy and an accelerating universe: From what I understand/read, it seems that the further we look out into deep space, the faster the ...
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Does gravity actually contract space-time?

In the Big Crunch Theory it says that gravity (curvature in space-time) will stop the universe's expansion and gravity will cause the universe to contract on itself. My question is if gravity is a ...
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Infinite number of galaxies?

I understand that the current estimate for the number of galaxies in the observable universe is about 100-200 billion. Is there anything in our understanding of physics and the evolution of the ...
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Is the universe expanding faster than we could catch up with it? [closed]

Like the title says, could we ever catch up with the expanding universe?
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Linear size of everything in the Universe is doubled overnight [duplicate]

Suppose the linear size of everything is doubled overnight. Can you test the statement by measuring sizes by a meter stick? Can you test it by using the fact that the speed of light is a universal ...
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Can the coordinate of the big bang point be calculated via observed universe or it is impossible? [duplicate]

We know all galaxies spread out after Big Bang theory.The key idea is that the universe is expanding after that theory. Can we play back the scenes via observable universe (galaxies) and can we ...
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Are intergalactic voids inertial frames?

I know earth is a non-inertia frame, so is the solar system, the milky way, the local group and even our super cluster. But what about all the space, the void that is left outside of the ...
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If nothing can travel faster than speed of light then how the Universe is only 13.7 billion years old? [duplicate]

The light would take 93 billion years to reach the edge of universe but nothing can travel faster than the speed of light not even the big bang?
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Do calculations support the idea that our universe should be a black hole? [duplicate]

In "The Physics of Star Trek" by Lawrence M. Krauss, he mentions that our universe, by all calculations, should actually be a black hole. I read it a while ago, but I think he mentioned that the mass ...
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Reference frames and speed of light

If the speed of light is a constant, and the universe is expanding, wouldn't shining a light in the direction of the center of the universe have a different color (frequency and wave length) than ...
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does space-time expansion affect on fundamental particle? [duplicate]

does space-time expansion affect on fundamental particle or point particle?
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Simulate the universe?

Alright, Lets assume that I have a computer with limited calculation speed (1-4GHz) but unlimited parallel processing capability and unlimited memory capacity to go with it. Under this assumption ...
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Was the mass of the universe the same when it first began as it is now? [duplicate]

I've heard that the big bang began in all places at once, but my physics teacher told my class that the universe was all once compressed into a single dense piece of matter. If my physics teacher is ...
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Quantized spacetime structure? [duplicate]

Is quantized spacetime more like a chessboard or a matrix of lights? I have heard two analogies, the light bulb one appears to allow for movement whilst the chess piece one seems to violate zenos ...
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What would be the speed of a hypothethetical object created during the big bang

What would be the speed of a hypothethetical object created during the big bang, and that has been moving around in the universe and that is now close to the earth, so the time elapsed (from the ...
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What is the age of the Universe from the big-bang light perspective?

What is the age of the Universe from the big-bang light perspective? We all agree that the universe is around 14 billion years, from the perspective of a hypothetical observer moving in a galaxy, ...
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How could there be a truly “pure” state?

If the Universe did start from a single point, then wouldn't all particles be fundamentally entangled? How then could there be a truly "pure" state?
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How can primordial helium be formed before atoms?

In my physics textbook it describes the events at the beginning of the Universe. I'm confused about the order at a certain point. It says that at some point primordial helium is created, then it says ...
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How does measuring redshift make us conclude that rate universe expansion is accelerating?

The universe is expanding in all directions. We can detect this by the redshift of electromagnetic radiation from other galaxies. We detect a larger redshift in galaxies which are further away, and ...
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Our universe the surface of a 4-dimensional sphere?

The cosmic microwave background that we observe uniformly around us is usually explained by assuming that our universe is the surface of a four dimensional sphere. That way the uniformity makes sense ...
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total amount of energy in the universe [duplicate]

What is the total amount of energy in the universe? is there the same amount of energy as negative energy, cancelling each other out? Or is it something different?
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Is Dark Energy Pushing Us Or Pulling Us? [duplicate]

This may seem silly, but how do they know that the effects we are seeing from dark energy, (which we only assume must be there due to observed acceleration), are not from gravity pulling us out from ...
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Open Big Bang-less universe?

This came up in discussion around a class I'm taking. For a Universe with $\Lambda$ and matter contributions to energy density (and implicitly curvature, but no radiation), can you have a universe ...
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Is the universe flat?

There are more than one way to view the description of the universe as flat. There is the description of an open, flat or closed universe in terms of it's fate, expansion forever away from gravity, or ...
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Size of the Universe: Curved vs flat? Finite vs infinite?

I have recently heard the theory that the Universe may be smaller than observed but may be curved to the extent that light rays may have looped past us once already and hence appear to have originated ...
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Does the rate of expansion of the universe exceed the rate at which the local group is being pulled toward the Great Attractor?

I understand that the expansion rate of the universe driven dark energy exceeds the rate at which the local group is being pulled toward The Great Attractor (Hydra-Centaurus Supercluster). Does this ...
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How does “space” expand? [duplicate]

According to Big Bang theory and The Red shift theory "space" is "expanding". Keeping this notion of "space" as physically something in and of itself(space -time did not exist before The Big Bang); ...
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Is the Universe Past-Eternal?

Does the Borde-Guth-Vilenkin theorem definitively demonstrate that the Universe cannot be past-eternal, whatsoever? Does it not assume a classical space-time while the real world requires Quantum ...
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Can we observe an edge of the universe? [duplicate]

Firstly, I apologise if my thinking is completely incorrect - I am by no means a physicist (yet!), I have included layman illustrations to hopefully assist in explaining my thinking. I am imagining ...
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What is the mass of the universe?

Working with a flat and infinite model of the universe (which seems to be the most popular serious model these days), the density of the universe is 3e-28 kg/m^3 [1]. When added to the cosmological ...
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Light takes too long to get here

When looking at the night sky, we see lots of stars. Several places tell you that the light of those stars has traveled to many light years to reach Earth and there may be others where light has not ...
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If nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, how can there be parts of the universe we can't see? [duplicate]

Assuming we originated from a single infinitely dense point in space time in the big bang, how can there be parts of the universe that we can't see as the light has not reached us yet, if nothing can ...
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Many times speed of light [duplicate]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/24/theory-of-everything-big-bang-discovery_n_5019126.html What does "many times speed of light" really mean in this context? For a layman it's easy to draw wrong ...
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What's the meaning of the age of the universe?

I'm not asking about how we worked backward from an expanding universe to the age of the big bang, but rather what is the meaning of time in a near infinitely dense point in the context of general ...
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Where do our 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions reside in multidimensional models of the universe?

In models such as M-theory with 7 'higher dimensions' plus the 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions, where do our 4 macroscopic spacetime dimensions reside ordinally? My reason for asking is TV shows ...
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Is Space conserved [closed]

Can space be created or destroyed? Is space conserved? I am not asking for matter,energy and time. Its just a question about conservation of space PS: I am asking for what was there before big bang. ...
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Direction of expansion of the universe

From what I understand the expansion of the universe has no "center". If we're flying through space away from the "center of the big bang", there's basically no way to tell. Every two given points in ...
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If the universe didn't expand faster than light, would our nights brighter like day?

There's a common QnA which has amused and inspired many kids: There are billions of Stars in the sky. If we combine lights received from all stars, wouldn't it beat Sun? Why is night dark really? ...
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Did the singularity really existed in the begining of the universe?

I read in Hawking's brief history of time the following: The final result was a joint paper by Penrose and myself in 1970, which at last proved that there must have been a big bang ...
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Is the universe a perpetual motion machine? [closed]

Is the universe a perpetual motion machine?
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Can we have a static point in the universe? [closed]

Big bang theory states that the universe began from a single point (which we may consider as a central frame of reference for the objects in the Universe). In 1929, Edwin Hubble confirmed that the ...
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According to Penrose, Weyl Tensor=0 is the start/end of the Universe. Must it =0?

If I understand Roger Penrose's theory, as the Universe expands and cools, matter is consumed by black holes. Eventually the black holes collide and evaporate so that there is only energy and the Weyl ...
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Was Einstein wrong when he said nothing can go faster than the speed of light? [duplicate]

If the universe is constantly expanding faster than the speed of light, how could Einstein be right?
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Is it possible that the universe in its entirety is discrete rather than continuous? [duplicate]

Since electric charge is comprised of discrete units and and mass is formed by discrete units is it possible that space-time itself is discrete as well?