# Traveling faster than the universe is expanding?

I was thinking, if the universe is space and time expanding, lets say in 3D (like a sphere). And it is doing that in a constant or not constant speed, there is a debate about that, never mind that but we know the speed we know it's expanding. So what would happen if we traveled faster than the expanding universe and we reached the end? What would we see? would we be out of space/time ? Would laws of physics work outside the universe?

## 1 Answer

The concept of the expansion of the universe is hard to get your head around. We describe the universe is infinitely large, and it is expending into itself. So, there is no outside, You can't leave the cosmos. If you could find the edge of the universe and exit through that edge, you would re-enter the universe from the other side. Edges of the universe are linked together. Thus, you could never leave.

The theory of muulti-universes states that law of Physics would be different in another universe. String theory predicts that there are 9 spatial dimensions, so there is many ways those dimensions could be arranged.

• Thank you very much for the elaboration! Need to read more about this, it's very interesting.. – AlCode May 7 '15 at 9:16
• @TBBT Could you give some references for your claims that if you would "exit" the universe you enter it from another side? – Hrodelbert May 7 '15 at 9:37
• The phrasing "If you could find the edge of the universe and exit through that edge, you would re-enter the universe from the other side" is a bit unfortunate, since no such edge exists. If the Universe is infinite (which it probably is), you can go on and on forever, even in a magical hyperluminous spacecraft, and keep encountering new galaxies. If the Universe is finite, you will just eventually end up where you departed from. Just like if you travel far enough on the surface of Earth, you won't reach an edge but end up back home. – pela May 7 '15 at 10:04
• @pela i thought of the universe as infinite space without time and matter, just empty space, then after the big bang i thought that space/time/matter was created and so it would expand in all directions, so i thought you can go "outside" and watch the universe expand from a another view point. Well seems it's not possible :/ – AlCode May 7 '15 at 10:33
• @Orom: I don't know if this is a comfort or not, but you share this notion of the Universe with probably 99.99% of anybody how has even given this a thought. The expansion of the three-dimensional space is concentually very difficult to understand without a bit a math, because we "want" it to expand "into something", which it doesn't. A popular analogy is to consider the surface of an expanding balloon, where the surface itself is the Universe, and the outside "doesn't exist", but this analogy misses some important aspects. – pela May 7 '15 at 10:55