From what I understand space itself is expanding, and the Big Bang attempts to describe this expansion at the very early stages of the universe.
This is usually described in a visual way as 2 dots on the surface of a balloon as the balloon is being inflated.
We exist in space, so as space expands we are expanding too aren't we? If this is correct how do we know space is expanding at all?
I'll attempt to explain further... 2 dots on a balloon with a ruler drawn between them measuring 1 cm. As the balloon expands, so do the dots, and the ruler, and it always says that the distance is 1 cm. From an observers point of view (somewhere away from the balloon) the dots, ruler, and ruler are all getting larger - but from the point of view on the balloons surface nothing has changed.
Another way to describe this would be a man in a room, the room and everything in it (including the man) are getting bigger at the same rate. From the man's perspective nothing is changing but from outside the room - you can see everything is getting bigger.
I guess what I am trying to say is that we are in the universe, and expanding at the same rate as it (aren't we?) so how do we know it's getting bigger?