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Strictly speaking the FLRW metric doesn't specify that time starts at the Big Bang. It specifies only that the Big Bang is a singular point so it is impossible to analytically continue a geodesic back in time past the Big Bang. If it helps to make things clearer, exactly the same happens with an object falling into a black hole. A geodesic that crosses the ...


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Using the standard model of cosmology we calculate the Hubble time to obtain an estimate of the age of the universe. Yes, 13.8 billion years. But IMHO there's an issue worth discussing, to do with something John said in another answer: "A distant observer sees falling objects slow as they approach the event horizon and asymptotically approach zero speed at ...


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Let me clear up a few misconceptions. The edge of our observable universe would contain information from the beginning of the universe, since it is a particle horizon. However, the edge of the observable universe is not currently visible to us. What we can currently see only goes as far back as the recombination era, when electrons first joined with nuclei ...


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As the comments to the questions state, this is a question on the research state about the generation of the universe, and the first moment is modeled in the Big Bang model. The real beginning point is not yet known even in this model since gravity has not been consistently quantized within the model, only effective theory is used. Nevertheless existing ...



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