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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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Entropy of the big bang

At the moment of big bang, all the matter was in perfect order, that is entropy 0 so what force or disturbance would occur to begin the chaos and the entropy start to increase?
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How did some very large supermassive black holes form in the time span of the universe?

I saw a program recently called "How the Universe Works" discussing Black Holes. One of the enigmas, it seems, is the existence of extraordinarily large 'supermassive' black holes -- black holes of ...
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In what ways is eternal inflation less certain than standard inflation? [closed]

Eternal inflation is the idea that inflation could be eternal due to the effect of quantum fluctuations of the inflaton field. Why do some cosmologists accept inflation, but consider eternal ...
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Why is there equal protons and electrons in the universe?

Matter and anti-matter are asymmetric. Why are protons and electrons symmetric? Would we still have galaxies and stars if there were a strong overall charge?
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Horizon Problem: How did different regions of space acquire different temperatures?

I'm trying to understand the Horizon Problem. Inflation describes how non-causally connected parts of the universe (that we see today) could once have been in causal contact. The reasoning goes that ...
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How would primordial black hole forms if expansion of space overwhelms gravity? [duplicate]

I read that density is quite high in the early universe and many speculate that primordial black hole can form and would probably have a mass similar to a human ovum(egg cell). Usually black hole only ...
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According to the actual understanding, was the Big Bang a singularity in space or rather in density? [duplicate]

Often in cosmology erroneous pictures are transmitted by the recurrent hearing from various sources or by sentences taken out from bigger discussion, and even by omitting adjectives and the likes. I ...
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Higgs Coupling in the moments after the Big Bang

How did the Higgs interaction differ due to the densities, temperatures, pressures, etc. in the moments following the big bang? I am aware that around $10^{-43}$ seconds all the fundamental forces ...
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Could the spatially flat universe start small?

The global space has been measured flat within a small margin of error. According to FLRW, the flat universe has always been infinite. At the time of the Big Bang the universe was infinitely large ...
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Was the singularity just a mini model of our current unvierse? [duplicate]

Did the singularity just "containe" the matter, the energy and the space-time or it created them. If it just contianed them and then the expansion hppened, can we say it was just a mini model of our ...
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Is inflation a possible explanation for what started the expansion?

Alan Guth stated in this article But let me start the story further back. Inflationary theory itself is a twist on the conventional Big Bang theory. The shortcoming that inflation is intended to ...
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How exactly is conformal time, $\eta$, calculated?

As I understand it, Conformal Time is basically the comoving distance divided by the speed of light. $$\eta=\int_0^t\frac {dt'}{a(t')}$$ I can make the connection between the scale factor and redshift:...
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How do we know what happened during the Planck epoch era of the big bang?

The Cosmic Microwave Background provides the left over radiation of the big bang. Cosmologists have theorised what happened at the Planck epoch era of the big bang. Where is the evidence of what ...
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What if humans doubled size… and everything else… could we notice? [duplicate]

After the big bang, everything expanded from a small mass. That expansion is said to be still happening. Imagine if everything observable constantly grew in size. EG. Everything slowly doubled in ...
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How could quantum effects occur in the early universe without an observer?

In inflationary cosmology, primordial quantum fluctuations in the process of inflation are considered responsible for the asymmetry and lumpiness of the universe that was shaped. However, according to ...
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Can a no boundary proposal work without the big bang?

In Hawking's no boundary proposal he assumed that the the amplitude for a state A (such as a given 3-manifold) is the sum of all amplitudes for histories starting at a special big-bang-state (like the ...
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How is Inflation able to create an infinite amount of energy?

Follow up to this question here: If the universe is flat, does that imply that the Big Bang produced an infinite amount of energy? As I understand Inflation theory, some time after the Big Bang, the ...
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How big is the universe 1 second after the Big Bang? [duplicate]

In his book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil de Grass Tyson starts of with the Big Bang and narrates on what (probably) happened within the first moments of our universe. He further states (p. ...
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If the universe is flat, does that imply that the Big Bang produced an infinite amount of energy?

Too much density and the universe is closed, analogous to a sphere in four dimensions: you travel in a straight line and you end up where you started. Too little and you have a saddle: not sure about ...
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Is it possible to replicate condition at planck time after big bang by smashing 2 protons really hard?

Because we need to achieve really really high temperature to mimick the condition just planck time after big bang, so suppose we can accelerate 2 protons at extremely close to speed of light and let ...
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How long was the first second?

After the Big Bang all of the matter in the observable universe was condensed into a space that was very small (grain of rice sized). The time dilation due to gravity should have been very large. So ...
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Does space expansion increase potential energy, and hence increase mass?

As space expands the gravitational potential Energy increases. So does the potential energy between Atoms and quarks and so on. I have read several times that these effects are so minuscule that they ...
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BBN: How is the expansion rate related to the freeze-out of Neutrons?

I've been making my way through several papers and textbooks on the subject, but they all seem to gloss over this subject: how is the equilibrium of protons, neutrons and photons related to the ...
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Is the Big Bang a naked spacelike singularity?

While reading some answers on similar topics, I was wondering about the nature of the Big Bang singularity in the standard cosmological model. I know it's a spacelike singularity that have a ...
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Could the horizon problem be explained by a finite universe instead of inflation?

Suppose the universe is finite (either closed or open with a non-trivial topology), any point could be within the horizon of another.
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Could quantum fluctuations spawn real matter?

Would it be plausible for fluctuations in the QED vacuum to spawn actual matter (such as quarks, electrons the constituents of a hydrgen atom) given enough time and space?
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Where is all the Antimatter?

This is obviously a duplicate of If matter and antimatter... However, it's now four to five years after a swarm of videos were made on this subject. At the time, there was a consensus that the LHC ...
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Big Bang: what is it exactly that is expanding?

I have read a bit about the Big Bang over the years, but being no physicist I have never been able to really understand what it is about. As far as I know, starting with Hubble we have been able to ...
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Effective low energy actions in string cosmology

I wonder why can SUGRA actions be used in string cosmology, since in some cases they are used to model big bang scenarios (for example the pre big bang scenario in chapter 4 of Gasperini's "Elements ...
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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 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? [closed]

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 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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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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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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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?