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Questions tagged [space-expansion]

Space expansion is a cosmological phenomenon wherein the proper distance between two spatial points for a given inertial reference frame increases from one moment of time to another. That is, space itself expands; the added distance is not due to relative motion of points or objects.

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Does CMB rule out that the universe is infinite?

If the universe were infinite, the energy of the big bang would have been long dissipated, and very little or nothing would hit us. Does the fact that CMB still comes roughly the same from every ...
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Can we calculate the expansion rate of the Universe at each moment in time?

Do we know the expansion rate of the Universe at each moment of time $t$ of its history? We only measured the expansion rate for a few decades (let's say), which isn't much compared to the age of ...
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13.8 billion years for the observable universe or for the whole? [duplicate]

I have read a lot of questions on this site about the observable universe, and its diameter (93 billion), and that the actual age of the universe is 13.8 billion years. Does the big bang model ...
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How is observable universe so big if the universe is so young? [duplicate]

The diameter of observable universe is 93 billion light years but the age of universe is only estimated to be 14 billion years. So how does light have 46.5 billion years to travel from the boundary of ...
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Could black holes be driving the expansion? A different perspective than others that have asked [on hold]

Disclaimer: I'm not a phycisist. I'm a computer science major, going to an engineer school, that's taken the required physics with calc 1 and 2. This is just an interest. Please correct anything that'...
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Is every object in the universe really expanding? Even small scale objects like humans? [duplicate]

So I was asked a question by someone that "if everything in the universe is expanding, then the lens we use to look at stellar objects is expanding as well, meaning we shouldn't be able to tell the ...
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Is a vacuum the same as 'outer space'?

Is a vacuum the same as 'outer space'? When The Big Bang is described the terminology used is that 'space (itself) is expanding'. If that's true what happens when the volume of a container, '...
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According to Cosmological Redshift, How long does it take for 1nm to be lost? [closed]

According to the rules of Cosmological Redshift, how long does it take for one nanometer to be lost? For example: I beam 450nm (blue) to the other side of the universe, how long will it be until it'...
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Where does the 379,000 year recombination prediction of the Big Bang theory come from?

The Big Bang theory postulates that recombination happened 379,000 years after the Big Bang. However, I have never seen a single statement as to how this number came about. I don't imagine they ...
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Linearly expanding vacuum solves cosmological constant problem? [duplicate]

The flat FLRW metric written in terms of conformal time $\eta$ is given by $$ds^2=a^2(\eta)(d\eta^2-dx^2-dy^2-dz^2)\tag{1}$$ where the scale factor $a(0)=1$. The interval of proper time $\tau$ ...
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Dark Energy and Black Holes

This question is similar but not quite the same as Could dark energy make a large black hole less black? My question deals with the evaporation or expansion of black holes. In trillions of years ...
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Field equations with cosmological constant

Is it enough to add the cosmological constant in the einstein field equations to guarantee that the obtained solution describes an expanding universe?
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Does an expanding universe assume a space within which the expansion is happening? [duplicate]

When I read about the expanding universe and inflation I often see pictures like this: (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflation_(cosmology)) or explanation like this: For getting an idea ...
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$c$ slowing down rather than universe expanding?

Can the Friedmann equations be reformulated with taking the universe as being rigid and instead have the vacuum-speed of light in the void decrease over time? So, not changing any equations, just ...
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Universe expanding - Interstellar space, Intergalactic space or Intersupercluster space? [duplicate]

When we say that the universe is expanding, the space between everything is not. The space between atoms, the space between my house and school, and the space between Earth and Sun remains the same, ...
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Is the acceleration of the expansion of the universe caused by expansion of space time itself?

When considering the accelerating expansion of the universe, it is often stated that dark energy is required to cause acceleration of expansion in order to overcome the pull of gravity. However, it ...
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Newton vs. Einstein in universe evolution description

The equation for the universe evolution in the presence of a perfect homogeneous fluid, namely $$\dot{R}^2+k=\frac{8\pi G}{3}\rho R^2$$ can be obtained by solving Einstein equation with some effort. ...
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Speed of at expansion at the start of the big bang [duplicate]

If I understand the basics of the big bang correctly it starts with a very small dense point. At the moment of the big bang, less then microseconds after, the universe is already the size of our solar ...
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How do Graviton-based theories of gravity explain the expansion of the universe?

In General Relativity, the expansion of the universe is modeled using the Friedmann–Lemaître–Robertson–Walker metric, and the expansion itself is a metric expansion by which the scale of space itself ...
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Is the location of everything relative? [duplicate]

I have heard that everything in our physical reality is relative. But I wonder: Does the universe have an edge? In an expanding sphere, there would be an edge is it like that? If the above is true ...
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Number of e-folds in phase space for the inflaton field

In José Gálvez's paper "Observational constraints on Constant Roll Inflation" it's said that, using the equation of motion for the inflaton field \begin{equation} \ddot{\phi}+3H\dot{\phi}+\frac{\text{...
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What is the relationship between the Cosmological Constant and the Cosmological Principle?

I believe I've misunderstood a relationship between the cosmological constant and the cosmological principle having read: Einstein introduces his cosmological constant which attributes, in the ...
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Volume of dark energy in space [duplicate]

As I understand it, Dark Energy is believed to reside in empty space. As the Universe exapnds, more empty space exists inside the Universe and so the small energy per unit of empty space adds up to a ...
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The Expansion of universe [duplicate]

if the space itself is expanding at considerable rate, that means we are also expanding along with it(as we are the part of the universe). so why can't we feel ourselves expanding or detect it?
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Does an atom or proton (cosmic ray) get stretched when traveling through expanding space?

I have read this question: Why does space expansion not expand matter? I do understand that matter inside galaxies will not get stretched because inside galaxies, gravity dominates over dark energy. ...
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Cosmological Inflation: If Photon expands, why not other matter?

I keep repeatedly reading in many Stack Exchange and Quora questions that space of universe expands but particles (matter) don't, see e.g. this Phys.SE post. The reason given is that particles are ...
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Correction to Newton's law of Gravity for dark energy

Is there any correction to Newtons law of Gravity that takes into account the expansion of the universe?
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Could one theoretically use the expansion of the universe to travel through it? At least in one direction?

Could one theoretically use the expansion of the universe to travel through it? At least In one direction? That’s it that’s my question. I’m not a physicist but I do get ideas. I also wonder if one ...
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How do we know that dark matter energy density scales as $\rho\propto a^{-3}$?

How do we know that dark matter energy density scales as $\rho\propto a^{-3}$?
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Why don't we see galaxies going back in time?

Galaxies 4,200 megaparsecs away will travel faster than the speed of light away from each other, so why don't we see those galaxies as Going back in time up to the moment of the big bang?
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Is the universe be expanding at different rates depending on its temperature and density?

As I understand it, when observing different regions of the universe we get a different rate of expansion (the two Hubble constants), specifically the more distant observation seems to return a lower ...
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Is Hubble's Law Only Valid Nearby?

I am looking this paper by LIGO, and it claims at the very beginning, At nearby distances $(d \lesssim 50 \text{ Mpc})$ [the Hubble constant] is well approximated by the expression $$v_H = H_0d, \...
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Existence of things outside the observable universe

I've read multiple physicists talk about stuff (e.g. galaxies, black holes, etc.) "existing" outside the observable universe, but it's unclear to me in what sense these things "exist". By definition ...
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Is universe symmetric about a point?

We have a good amount of discussion and theories on the formation of universe. I want to ask is universe symmetric about a point? I think that the answer should depend upon the uniformity of ...
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Is space itself expanding or is it just momentum from the Big Bang carrying things apart? [duplicate]

So, we observe that galaxies are moving apart (on average) and the further away from us they are the faster they are moving away from us. If space was expanding that would explain this. However, I ...
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When did the radiation domination end and matter domination start?

After the inflationary era the Universe became radiation dominated. The era of radiation domination is defined as the phase during which the temperature of the Universe was so high that the kinetic ...
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What wavelength was the CMB originally?

What wavelength was the light that became the CMB after factoring out redshift? Is it safe to assume that what we're seeing in the CMB was emitted at a distance of approx: ...
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Does the expansion of the universe make time pass faster?

Afaik. mass slows down time, while expansion means that the universe will be less dense in mass. Does that mean that time will go faster everywhere?
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What can I see if I hold a ruler that stretches into a distant receding galaxy? [closed]

If my clones were to form a line along that metric ruler that bridges Milky Way galaxy and a still red shifting galaxy far far away, would any of me notice anything about the scale of the ruler? Now ...
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What makes it more likely that the universe expands instead of saying the non-expanding parts actually contract?

I have always wondered why we consider that galaxies are drifting away and not just contracting at a particle level so that locally there is no visible contraction. I mean, if gravity consumes energy, ...
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Do we really need a new physics? [closed]

I have heard many times in news that a new discovery has taken place, and we need a new physics. It has recently been announced in scientific news that the world is apparently expanding faster. And ...
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What's the definition of repulsive gravity?

After asking this question, I got confused. I always thought that repulsive gravity was a consequence of dark energy, the Nature of which is unknown. Many theories are flying around about its Nature. ...
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Is there a relationship between Black Holes and the Big Bang?

As the question mentions, is there a relationship between the Big Bang and Black Holes? It appears the Big Bang is a ‘tacked on’ theory that doesn’t align with current theories (since we don’t know or ...
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What is the current most accurate measurement of the cosmological transition redshift

Does anyone know what the current most accurate measurement of the redshift for when the Universe's expansion changed from decelerating to accelerating (with a reference)?
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Scale factor at surface of last scattering

Is there an exact theoretical scale factor associated with the CMB? More specifically, since the CMB is associated with a temperature of around 3000K (as I understand), is there an exact thermodynamic ...
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Olber's paradox with Rational Numbers [closed]

Does Olber's paradox claim that in an infinite universe (both in space and in time) light should be able to reach you from any direction? Consider the thought experiment of placing an infinite number ...
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General covariance and a running cosmological constant

A running cosmological constant $\Lambda(t)$ can always be included in the perfect fluid source tensor. By the transformation properties of tensors Einstein's field equation is still independent of ...
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Particle decoupling, universe expansion and QFT

A particle (say neutrino) decouples from the plasma in the early universe when its interaction rate $\Gamma$, with the plasma, is slower than the expansion rate $=H = \frac{\dot{a}}{a}$, i.e. $\Gamma &...
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If the universe is expanding, then the distance between the atoms must increase, which should result in decrease in density of everything [duplicate]

In the expansion of universe theory, it is already written that the scale of universe is itself expanding, which means the consequence for expansion of universe is not that atoms are growing in size, ...
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Can expanding space stretch the wavelength of GWs? [duplicate]

I have read this question: Redshifting of Light and the expansion of the universe Now analogously, we could talk about GWs traveling in the empty voids of space, where the expansion of space is ...