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How can something finite become infinite?

How can the universe become infinite in spatial extent if it started as a singularity, wouldn't it take infinite time to expand into an infinite universe?
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How do we know the universe is expanding and wasn't already infinite?

From what I know, the decision that the universe was expanding came from the discovery of the redshift and that other celestial objects, such as galaxies, were moving away from us; the farther they ...
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Infinite number of galaxies?

I understand that the current estimate for the number of galaxies in the observable universe is about 100-200 billion. Is there anything in our understanding of physics and the evolution of the ...
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How could the universe be infinite (what is meant by that)? [duplicate]

I'd like to know what is thought of when saying the universe is infinite. I've read about what is meant when astronomers are speaking of a "flat" universe and I have read that its size is most likely ...
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Space-time infinite [duplicate]

My apologies if this is a duplicate question. I could not find it. Why do we think space-time itself started at the BB? Or to word it another way, could space-time have always existed infinitely in ...
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Do we have proof that the universe is finite? [duplicate]

I was just wondering if we have any proof at all whether the universe is finite or not. I have heard that it is indeed expanding - which could mean that it is possibly finite... is this true? or what ...
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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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The universe being finite

I always thought we didn't know if the universe is finite or infinite. However is it true that the universe (not just the observable one) is finite with no boundaries? The articles arXiv:0901.3354 and ...
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Matter: how much of it exists?

This might be not a proper SE site, redirect it please to the correct if this resource is not a proper place to ask; I'm not a scientist/researcher, so may be I'm missing something well-known. My ...
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Is the universe infinite? [duplicate]

Is the universe infinite? Or is it finite? If it is infinite,it's very difficult to imagine an endless space(though not impossible). But if it's finite, the idea that we can't go beyond a certain ...
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What is actually universe? only matter or both matter and space? [duplicate]

I have googled for the "meaning of universe" where I found the following: "all existing matter and space considered as a whole; the cosmos. The universe is believed to be at least 10 billion light ...
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Finite amount of matter and space

(Please bear with me.) If the universe included multi-universes, and black holes transferred matter between them, AND yet there was a large, but FINITE amount of matter and space, How would that max-...
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What was the size of universe at big bang [duplicate]

While self studying cosmology as well as reading around I can't find a satisfactory answer to this question. My thinking is that in principle universe could have started already infinite or as a thiny ...
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The expansion of the universe and its edge

I have understood that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. I have also thought, perhaps mistakenly, that this expansion means not that the masses in the universe are moving away from ...
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Is universe infinite or not? [duplicate]

What do you guys think of Hawking's last paper "A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation?" https://arxiv.org/pdf/1707.07702.pdf according to him there's no such thing as infinite multiverses so he ...

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