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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Intuition behind deriving the FRW metric [on hold]

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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Why is there a matter-dark matter asymmetry?

It is said generally that nature is symmetric. For example if light behaves as both a particle and a wave, then matter must also do so, which turns out to be true. But we find that the Universe ...
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How can we look back at our Universe 13Billion years ago?

I read this article on Space.com and I quote "As far as we know, that's as far [back] as we can see — we get an image of the universe as it was when it was about 389,000 years old," So what I wanna ...
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Could a pocket universe be birthed out of the negative pressure in our universe?

I have just recently started learning about inflationary cosmology so I don't know much about it. But from my understanding, the theory says the big bang was started by the expansion of a small region ...
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Is the age of the Universe relative to where you are within it? [duplicate]

The accepted age of the Universe is 13 billion years give or take. If you were a super space being and hypothetically had spent a large portion of this time sitting next to a black hole then your ...
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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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If randomness doesn't exist, how come the universe isn't a perfect sphere with predictable distribution of matter?

I'm presuming that the scientific community pretty much agrees that randomness doesn't exits, and that everything has a cause. Please correct me if I'm wrong, I've heard of quantum mechanics, but as ...
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Soup of observable universe in a un-observable universe medium? [closed]

Can we assume that our observable universe is expanding in a medium of un-observable universe? then we can predict that same volume of universe’s mass does not change even after expansion of the ...
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A question about baryon asymmetry

The question is that how can we make sure that our universe is baryon asymmetric? I mean, is it possible that there are antimatter domains beyond some very large scale. Yes, if that kind of domains ...
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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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Could dark matter annihilation prolong the stellar era?

I wonder, if we assume that dark matter actually exists, and it is WIMPs, and it's annihilate to fermions and W/Z bozons, which decay/combine into protons, neutrons and electrons and finally recombine ...
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Where does energy go in the death of the Universe?

So I thought that energy can't be destroyed or created but can only be transformed into another kind of energy. I read something about the Universe dying because all the stars will burn out and the ...
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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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How to prepare mental skills to understand relativity theory? [closed]

Upto the high- school, I had to admit and write-on-exam the strange, counter-intuitive statements of relativity theory; those I could not believe. Now, I'm not a physics or math-student, (and indeed ...
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Does the current acceleration of universe imply that our universe is open?

Does the current acceleration of universe imply that our universe is open? If the universe is closed, from the Friedmann's equation, the acceleration of universe wouldn't be possible, would it be? (Of ...
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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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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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What is Hawking's, “No Boundary Conditions”? [closed]

In his "No Boundary Conditions", is Hawking stating that time is eternal? And what is the difference between Real Time and Imaginary Time? Is he saying there are two different arrows of time, and ...
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Maximum Possible Information in the universe?

I remember hearing about this in one of the programs in discovery science. The physicist claimed that the maximum possible information in the universe is $10^{10^{123}}$ whereas the maximum possible ...
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Virtual Particles real? Virtual particles create a universe?

I am reading the book of Lawrence Krauss "A universe out of nothing", where he explained that the vacuum is not empty. It is a boiling brew of virtual particles that come out of their existence. And ...
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Which quantum gravity theories do predict a growing number of space dimensions?

In this 2013 Nature article there is a short presentation of the causal dynamical triangulations approach to quantum gravity, where it is said Intriguingly, the simulations also hint that soon ...
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What is space made of?

General Relativity posits that matter curves spacetime, such that geodesics point towards the object in question, hence, gravity. Now, how does matter do this? What is spacetime "made of", anyway, ...
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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, ...
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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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Can universal continuity be experimentally falsified?

It is an unresolved question whether the universe is discrete or continuous in its intricate quantum level structure. See for example: Is the universe finite and discrete? How could spacetime become ...
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Where is the origin of cosmic expansion? [duplicate]

Perhaps, a rudimentary or dumb question, but nevertheless am curious. There is the idea that space is expanding at an exponential rate. From where? If everywhere, why doesn't this rapid creation of ...
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In an infinite universe, would there be an infinite amount of matter as well?

Or would you eventually reach a point past which there is no matter? How would an infinite amount of matter work? Would it sort of "loop back" to the beginning, or would it be entirely unique the ...
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Trouble understanding spacetime and invariant interval

First, how is the invariant interval useful? How can it help us understand things around us in the universe? Second, I know that they changed time into space or better say SPACETIME in order to ...
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Is the universe linear? If so, why?

Simple question, I'm trying to build a quantum memory system that utilizes the superposition principle to model specific phenomenon I am trying to predict, anyways, my question is this. Is the ...
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Have CMB photons “cooled” or been “stretched”?

Introductory texts and popular accounts of why we see the "once hot" CMB as microwaves nearly always say something about the photons "cooling" since the Big Bang. But isn't that misleading? Don't ...
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Can we see the past view of our galaxy while observing in the sky because of the homogeneous structure of our universe?

As a sense, we think that simple speed addition should work ($V_1+V_2$) for all references but we know today that universe does not match our this sense. We cannot exceed the speed of light in any ...
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Is the Universe being dragged into a singularity rather than expanding?

Recently I've read that the expansion of the Universe as observed is not exactly uniform as proposed by Hubble. Therefore is it possible that instead of space expanding in all directions all matter is ...
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Universe Expanding

Quick question that I was just hoping to get some clarification on. Current theories state that the universe is expanding; with those planets farther away moving away from us at a faster rate. Is it ...
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Space expanding within atoms [duplicate]

I'm hoping that "all questions are good questions." I'm a layman enthusiastically trying to comprehend cosmology and physics, and the more I learn the more questions I have. My understanding is that ...
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What coordinate system is used to describe planets positions in the universe?

How are planets positions described in the space and in respect to what? For example is Sun the origo and right now at this moment Earth has [coord_X, coord_Y, coord_Z]? or maybe [lng, lat]? Edit1:...
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What is the physics in a spacetime with only two point masses?

Imagine a universe consisting of only two point masses, neither of which are in motion. Would they be drawn towards each other? Does there need to be motion for the curvature of spacetime to affect ...
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Is it possible for dark energy density be decreasing? [closed]

I have an equation relating dark energy density and temperature, actually they have a linear relationship, my question is how to choose the temperature? If I choose the temperature of universe, the ...
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Cosmic Rest Frame

Cosmic Rest Frame is defined in the paper "Adventures in Friedmann cosmology :A detailed expansion of cosmological Friedmann equations" by R Nemiroff and B Patla as the frame at a point where average ...
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Are there characteristics that distinguish our universe?

Are there any defining characteristics of our universe that could be different for other universes (or "instances of our universe") that operate under the same laws of physics? And which, if any, are ...
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Can a theoretical object exist as such that its mass overcomes gravitational collapse

A daydream the other day led me to the question if "a universe filled with water (or any other substance for that matter), instead of being mostly void" could exist within the rules of our current one....
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Experimental evidence for parallel universes/multiverses

My idea of physics is that it is a collection of mathematical laws relating observables. And that one can perform alot of mathematical derivations on these laws to produce new laws between observables....
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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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Big Bang not really the beginning of a completely new universe? [closed]

From what I know about the origins of the universe and the big bang, it is stated that it all started from an intensely hot and dense mass. This sounds like a singularity to me, which means a black ...
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How could the universe be hyperbolic if hyperbolic space isn't symmetrical?

In the 2-D projections of the shape of the universe shown here, we see that the flat universe and the spherical universe are perfectly symmetrical, so any triangle drawn anywhere on them will be the ...
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Is spacetime discrete or continuous?

Is the spacetime continuous or discrete? Or better, is the 4-dimensional spacetime of general-relativity discrete or continuous? What if we consider additional dimensions like string theory ...