Dark energy is constantly pulling all objects away from each other with increasing speed. This in turn causes a red-shift of the light from the most distant object where this effect is most profound. This red-shift will gradually increase as the objects move away faster. Is there going to be a time where the objects travelling away will emit light of such long wavelength that they will disappear from sight?

  • $\begingroup$ Yes. Note that this is a technical limitation - if we could detect light of arbitrary wavelengths and intensity, we'd still be able to see them. $\endgroup$
    – Christoph
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 13:23
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    $\begingroup$ possible duplicate of Why do galaxies "dissappear?" $\endgroup$
    – DavePhD
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 13:32

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In an acceleratingly expanding universe, there will be an emission time of light from a distant galaxy after which we can never recieve newly emitted light.

Old light will eternally be received, but even more dimmer and red shifted.

See The Long–Term Future of Extragalactic Astronomy for more information.


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