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Questions tagged [big-bang]

According to the current cosmological theories, it's the model that explains the early life of the universe, starting from a rapid expansion of hot and dense matter.

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Does the universe has a center like a real explosion? [duplicate]

I don't really know much about cosmology but I was thinking one day about the center of the universe. Now 'Big Bang' was the birth of our universe. Then Shouldn't the place (or region of space) where ...
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How does the pilot-wave theory describe the Big Bang?

Bohmian mechanics (pilot-wave theory) assumes that the outcome of quantum measurements are determined by the initial configuration of the universe and the guiding wave which is the universal ...
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How was electrical charge formed in the Big Bang?

We know that fundamental particles (Quarks, electrons, etc.) were formed a while after the Big Bang. How was their electrical charge (its value and sign) determined? Was electrical charge present in ...
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How far can an atom collapse under gravity? [on hold]

Can an atom condense (collapse?) under gravity to a volume less than the nucleus? The Big Bang is the example motivating the question - if the entire mass of the universe is condensing to some ...
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How did Big Bang determine the initial conditions of the universe?

My question is that how did the Big Bang determine the initial distribution of the particles and their wavefunctions? In theories like Bohmian mechanics or Many worlds, how was the universal ...
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Is Gravity still considered to be part of the “Superforce” which existed at the instant of the “Big Bang”

My limited understanding of the Big Bang is that all the Fundemental Forces (Electromagnetic, Weak Nuclear, Strong Nuclear and Gravity) were originally part of a "Superforce." As the universe cooled ...
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Why am I a Bolzmann brain? [duplicate]

The Boltzmann brain hypothesis states that a big-bang-causing entropy fluctuation is larger than a brain-causing entropy fluctuation, therefore, you are much more likely to be a BB rather than a wet ...
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Why am I a Boltzmann brain?

The Boltzmann brain hypothesis states that a big-bang-causing entropy fluctuation is larger than a brain-causing entropy fluctuation, therefore, you are much more likely to be a BB rather than a wet ...
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A universe from quantum fluctuations [duplicate]

I'm reading the book of Lawrence Krauss a Universe from nothing, I'm asking how can quantum fluctuations only creates all of these galaxies, blackholes, dark energy etc I heard of something called ...
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Curvature in space time during Big Bang and present scenario

Space time in the presence of masses is curved. But during the time of Big Bang it's presumed that all the matter in this universe was at a single point, so it must have been super dense and had very ...
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How large was the universe at the start of BBN? How large was it after?

I'm trying to get a handle on the basics of BBN. I've read several authors quote the figure of 17 minutes. So BBN started at 3 minutes and ended at 20 minutes after the start of time. So how large ...
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Did Big Bang really happen? [duplicate]

We know, Energy and matter can not be destroyed /created. Then how come something/some energy come out of nothing as Big Bang? This contradicts the conservation law.
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What is the conformal time today? And at Planck epoch?

We can define conformal time, $\eta$, in terms of physical time, $t$, through $$ dt = ad\eta $$ where $a$ is the scale factor, which is a function of $t$ or $\eta$. I'm trying to compute conformal ...
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Hubble's time and the age of the universe

If Hubble's time is the inverse of a changing Hubble's "constant" and it estimates the age of the universe up to now, since Hubble's parameter is converging to an actual constant value, how can the ...
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what are possible explanations for the larger scale anomaly in Planck satellite's data?

In the Planck satellite's image of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), there have been anomalies, the most important of which is a deficit in the signal at large angular scales on the sky, which is ...
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What was the informational content of the universe at the Planck time?

If the energy of $1 \, \mathrm{bit}$ of information is $k_{\small{\text{B}}}T \ln{2}$, then the energy of that bit increases with the temperature of the system. When I try to calculate how much energy ...
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Is it possible for another Big Bang event to occur inside our universe?

And if it were, would it constitute an expanding bubble in our universe - with a definite (expanding) surface. That would be nice - none of this irritating "everywhere is the centre and there is no ...
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Do we have enough time for understanding space? [closed]

May be there more big bangs out there... while studding about space i some times think about a bacteria living on my body that may have a life span of 5 seconds if it has logical understating even ...
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Can somebody tell me what was the size of the universe and the expansion rate at the big bang? [duplicate]

I want to know the exact numbers and preferably the calculations that gives the size of the universe at the Big Bang and the initial rate of expansion at the moment of big bang. Does somebody know ...
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What does the matter density in density parameter mean?

When we write $$\Omega_m = \frac{\rho_M}{\rho_{\mathrm{crit,o}}}$$ what density does $\rho_M$ refer to? As in, suppose our universe was made with just hydrogen. Then would $\rho_M$ mean just the ...
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Does the uniqueness of Big Bang violate space-time homogeneity?

One possible way to explain the arrow of time is to say that the entropy is increasing simply because the entropy in the beginning was at unsustainably low levels and is therefore bound to increase. ...
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How age of universe or galaxy estimated? [duplicate]

How scientist found age of universe as 13.8 billion years and age of Milky Way as 13.51 Billion years? Is there any proof?
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Why can we see the cosmic microwave background radiation?

This radiation (CMBR) is said to have its origin at the surface of last scattering that exposed itself when the big bang universe had expanded for less than a million years. In order to see radiation ...
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How could the early Universe have low entropy when it was so compact? [duplicate]

Entropy of a system can be understood as "the number of states that are macroscopically indistinguishable from the state its currently in". (Sean Carroll, "The Big Picture") Given that the early ...
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Is the expansion of the universe really accelerating? Or does it just look like it?

I pulled this quote from an article on the Hubble Constant: "...for example, if the Hubble Constant was determined to be 50 km/s/Mpc, a galaxy at 10 Mpc, would have a redshift corresponding to a ...
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If information is conserved, why did the early universe had lower entropy than now? [duplicate]

If information and entropy are equivalent, and information is a conserved quantity because of unitarity, what does it mean to say that entropy is growing since the big bang (I know why it grows, I'm ...
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How do we know the age of Cosmic microwave background? [duplicate]

How do scientists know the age of the CMB? And how does it correlate to the age of universe?
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How can we be sure if Universe has exploded with big bang? Can't it be implosion? [duplicate]

Why do we say the universe has exploded in the event of big bang? When we talk about big bang there was no concept of outside with the absence of space, so should’t the universe be imploded into the ...
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Does the Cosmic microwave background also lies in radio frequency spectrum?

I heard the CMB is the electromagnetic radiation from the big bang. It is 13.7 b years old but isnt it only in the microwave range of the spectrum (300MHz - 300GHz) . Can a FM radio receiver (87-...
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What happened to particles travelling at light speed at the instant the Higgs ocean formed?

Reading the Fabric of the Cosmos (Brian Greene) where he mentions, during the big bang, the Higgs field was undergoing fluctuations at a temperature too high to form the Higgs ocean. It implies that ...
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How can the universe expand faster than the speed of light? [duplicate]

In Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, he writes: By now, one second of time has passed. * The universe has grown to a few light-years across... If nothing can move ...
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If Time and Space are intrinsically linked and space is ever expanding then surely time is slowing down [duplicate]

When we try to imagine the initial expansion after the big bang we see with the CMB that the universe went from initially smaller than a hydrogen atom to what we see today. However, when we try to ...
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Seeing the Big Bang [duplicate]

The Big Bang happened almost 14 Billion years ago. Theoretically speaking , if we could teleport (Instant teleportation) to somewhere that’s 20 Billion light years away from the Earth , if we looked ...
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Why didn't the contents of the universe all coalesce into a black hole immediately after the big bang? [duplicate]

Logically following time backwards, it seems to me that at some point close to the big bang event the universe's contents would have been squashed into an incredibly small volume. My question is: Why ...
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What caused neutrinos to decouple at $t=1$ second?

Was it simply that the density and/or kinetic energy got too low, because of expansion? Or was it something about the weak force itself (which I thought gelled around $10^{-10}$s? For the CMB, ...
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Big Crunch vs Big Rip vs Heat Death vs Conformal Cyclic Cosmology… What's the Most Common View? [closed]

I just saw that Penrose recently published a paper on Conformal Cyclic Cosmology and it made me wonder, what exactly is the consensus view these days? I first heard of Penrose in connection with Orch-...
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Mass and Expanding Space

1) space is expanding at an increasing rate, therefore things are getting farther from each other and therefore increasing in velocity. 2) the faster an object moves relative to another, the more ...
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Does Big Bang predict the size of the fluctuations in the CMB? [duplicate]

From this Ethan Siegel’s article The temperature fluctuations in the CMB are only 1-part-in-30,000, thousands of times smaller than a singular Big Bang predicts. Does big bang predict the size ...
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Was the universe already expanding before inflation occured?

Was the universe already expanding before inflation occured or did inflation cause the universe to start off expanding? By “cause it to start off expanding” , I mean the cause of the initial ...
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Would eternal inflation be really eternal since quantum fluctuations are usually very rare and very small?

I’ve read somewhere that quantum fluctuations in the inflaton field are usually very rare and very small. If the effect of quantum fluctuations pushing the potential uphill is too rare and too small ...
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Is there any way to tell if the Big Bang happened everywhere or just in some regions of the entire universe?

On large scales, matter seems to spread uniformly in our observable universe so we think the Big Bang happened everywhere in the observable universe. Is there any way to tell if the Big Bang happened ...
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Heat death in eternal inflation

Heat death is the predicted fate of the universe. Eternal inflation theory states that new hydrogen atoms are created in each pocket universe so that means new hydrogen atoms are still being created ...
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Does object from which the universe is created still exist in its original form? [closed]

If time is passing more slowly near objects with bigger gravitational mass, could it be that the time at the object from which the universe is created has not started yet (or very little of time has ...
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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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In what sense the scale factor $a(t)\to 0$ lead to the big bang singularity?

How do we understand that the limit $a(t)\to 0$ (where $a(t)$ is the scale factor) lead to a spacetime singularity? Is it by substituting $a(t)$ in the FRW metric and concluding that space makes no ...
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How was it possible for the big bang to occur?

I think the person who asked this Phys.SE question meant a different thing than any of the people who wrote an answer thought so I'm asking what I'm guessing the author probably really meant. If there ...
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The surface of the last scattering and pictures of deep field

Maybe this question (in fact I have a few of them) is naive but nevertheless, let me try to ask it: it is concerning the furthest regions of our universe. Is the Hubble telescope capable to ...
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How is the primordial abundance of Lithium measured?

I was reading about the "Lithium problem" and I came across this Physics SE post: Discrepancy problem in lithium? The answer mentioned On the other hand, measurements of the $\rm Li$ abundance ...
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Alexander Vilenkin - The Universe probably had a beginning [duplicate]

Is it true that the Universe can not have an eternal past? It seems like Alexander Vilenkin tries to argue this? Does this imply that the Universe had a beginning? Link to his publication regarding ...
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How far back in cosmology is there observational evidence?

It seems "the first three minutes" are well established... back to the first second? 10 seconds? What about the "hadron epoch" going back to the first microsecond? Or before that? I know there are ...