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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Experimental status of the Big Bang theory

Take the most successful version of the Big Bang theory I'm aware that the Big Bang theory have unanswered questions related to the very first moments of the Big Bang. I also know that for our ...
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Observable universe radius for distant observers

The radius of the observable universe is about 46 Gly. Is that figure true for all current observers in our universe? Is it true if the universe is finite or infinite, flat or curved?
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Volume expansion rate

In the paper Backreaction in late-time cosmology by Thomas Buchert and Syksy Rasanen, Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science 62 (2012) 57-79, in eq .2.2 the covariant divergence: $$\nabla_\...
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Present vs Past in Cosmological time

My question is in regard to “seeing back in time” when observing objects in space. I understand the concept that light takes a certain amount of time to reach the earth and we can determine the ...
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Hubble radius and communication between two observers

According to Dodelson, Modern Cosmology (p.146) There is a subtle distinction between the comoving horizon $\eta$ and the comoving Hubble radius $(aH)^{-1}$. If particles are separated by ...
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What would happen to de Sitter universe if the cosmological constant disappears?

De sitter universe is dominated by a cosmological constant (devoid of matter and radiation), corresponding to dark energy in the far future or the inflaton field in the early universe, leading to an ...
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Very Basic Hubble Constant Question

In an article titled "Gravitational Waves Could Solve Hubble Constant Conundrum" Data from the cosmic microwave background suggests the universe is currently expanding at a rate of about 41.6 miles (...
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Does the Universe itself move to any direction on top of expansion?

So the universe expands right, but does this expansion move to any direction in hyperspace as an expanding cluster of matter somewhere? It's like if you would explode a bucket of paint under the. ...
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Do free particles slow down in expanding universe?

My favorite toy model of cosmic microwave background in the expanding universe is a cube with totally reflective walls. If CMB is a black-body radiation, it must be isotropic and homogeneous - the ...
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Why do we interpret the accelerated expansion of the universe as the proof for the existence of dark energy?

Why do we interpret the accelerated expansion of the universe as the proof for the existence of dark energy? The accelerated expansion only tells us that the Einstein field equation must contain a ...
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How Can the Universe Be Bigger Than It is Old? [duplicate]

My question is this: If we can look back to roughly 500m years after the big bang and have estimated the age of the universe at 13.7B years, why is the galaxy we are looking at not a part of the non-...
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Could gravitational waves give an illusion of an expanding universe? [closed]

‪Could the effect of “expanding” gravity (gravitational waves spreading at the speed of light) as it travels through space (and therefore becomes less local) red-shift all EM waves and thus give us ...
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$\rho(t)\gt or \lt \rho_{critical}(t)$ depends upon $k$ for expansion or contraction in cosmology?

From friedmann equation $$1=\frac{\rho(t)}{\rho_c(t)}-\frac{k}{a^2H^2},$$$$\dot a(t)=+-\sqrt\frac{k}{\frac{\rho(t)}{\rho_c(t)}-1}$$ for $k\gt0$,$$\rho(t)\gt\rho_c(t)$$ and for $k\lt0$,$$\rho(t)\lt\...
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Traveling to another galaxy impossible for ever?

If galaxies are moving apart from each other faster than the speed of light, does that mean that it's impossible to travel to another galaxy, regardless of what technology get discovered? Because you ...
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How the cosmic inflation solves the horizon problem (an exact solution)?

I am reading an article, Inflation and CMBR by Charles H. Lineweaver. https://www.mso.anu.edu.au/~charley/papers/canberra.pdf (Page 5/13) He explains the inflation period as the shrinking of the ...
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$z$ (redshift) at the inflation start up time?

The $q$ parameter is at present -ve which implies accelerated expansion , hence we can approximate our universe now to be dominated by dark energy since dark energy provides exponential growth $~e^{\...
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Expansion and photon decay

We know that there are two types of photon "decay", not destruction, but loss of energy and resultant lengthening. ONe type is due to great gravitational pull and the other is due to the expansion of ...
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Spacetime diagram of LCDM

I have a question concerning the LCDM spacetime diagram https://i.stack.imgur.com/Uzjtg.png published on the Physics Forum Stack Exchange website Can space expand with unlimited speed? How are the set ...
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Luminosity distance

If light is emmited from galaxy A at $t_e$ and received at galaxy B at $ t_o.$ The flux at B is $$ (1) -- \phi(t_o)=a^2(t_e)L(t_e)/4πd_L^2$$ $d_L$ being the current distance between A and B In the ...
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Does space expansion mean the escape velocity at a black hole event horizon is strictly less than $c$?

The title pretty much sums it up. I could ask this question slightly differently; does the expansion of space cause the effective event horizon to shrink below what it would be for flat space? If so,...
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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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Furthest distance I can travel and still be able to get back to Earth?

The expansion of the universe currently makes anything beyond ~16 billion light years away from us unreachable (because of the cosmic event horizon). This makes less than $3\%$ of the observable ...
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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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How did Edwin Hubble estimate the velocity of distant stars?

I didn't know how to be succinct with my actual question in the title. My question is, how did he separate the components of the actual velocity of stars from that of the velocity due to recession (...
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Are deductions from CMB much less accurate than claimed, owing to approximations in the FLRW model?

My question concerns "timescape cosmology" and measurements of dark energy based on CMB radiation. The background to the question is Lawrence H. Dam, Asta Heinesen, David L. Wiltshire, "Apparent ...
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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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How far away are distant objects really?

I've done some research on this site and others and I'm having a bit of trouble. References: Why is the observable universe so big? Does the speed of light change? https://www.skyandtelescope....
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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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Can universe still expand without energy and matter?

I heard dark energy is the intrinsic property of space and it cannot be particle because particle's density dilute when volume increase, I do not know how nothingness can have property and Einstein ...
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Relative size of galaxy calculation

So this is a past exam problem, however I am confused to a question which is related to this graph and the questions states: Question: On the graph, one galaxy is labelled A. Determine the size of ...
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Is information conserved in an expanding universe?

From the classical and quantum mechanical viewpoint, is information conserved in an expanding universe or not?
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Observing supraluminally receding galaxies – is the “swimmer against variable current” analogy valid? [closed]

Davis and Lineweaver in Superluminal Recession Velocities state that “galaxies with distances greater than $D=c/H$ are receding from us with velocities greater than the speed of light and superluminal ...
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Did the rapid inflationary expansion slow down a lot because the inflaton field had decayed, or because of gravity from matter/radiation?

What happened to the rate of expansion right after inflation ended? Did the rapid inflationary expansion slow down a lot because the inflaton field had decayed, or because gravity from matter/...
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From the expansion to temperature and recovering equilibrium number densities from the scale factor

For a particle species of mass $m$, when the temperature $T$ of the Universe is $T>m$, the equilibrium number density $n$ falls as $$n\propto T^3\tag{1}$$ and for $T<m$, it falls as $$n\propto ...
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How does calculating Hubble time work?

For calculating we take $t=\frac dV$, where $V=Hd$ . But velocity isn't uniform for an object as distance also increases with time. And if velocity isn't constant the equation $t=\frac H d$ also isn't ...
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Why Empty universe have to obey the Negative Curvature? [duplicate]

For empty universe it seems to me that we can have two solutions. $$H^2=\frac {8\pi G\epsilon} {3c^2}-\frac {\kappa c^2} {R^2a^2(t)}$$ For an empty universe when we set $\epsilon=0$ we get $$H^2=\...
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Why is the mainstream theory of cosmological redshift inconsistent with the mainstream theory of gravitational redshift

Gravitational redshift Cause : A reduction in the decompression of space* over distance (due to the presence of mass). Mainstream theory: Photons are emitted in a region of higher gravity with ...
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Why is the heat death, rather than a Big Crunch, the most accepted theory of the ultimate fate of the Universe?

The Heat Death is accepted by most as the end of the Universe, but how can that be? Wouldn't the Big Crunch make a lot more sense? I mean, even if everything in the Universe is spread out uniformly ...
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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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Why is $\Lambda=0$ for a flat matter dominated universe?

I was looking over some of my cosmology notes and was considering the Einstein de-sitter model of a matter dominated universe. I know that in this case that k=0 and also furthermore that $\rho(t)$ is ...
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How do we measure the age of the universe? [duplicate]

How do we measure the age of the universe if time is relative to the observer? What is the reference frame we use to measure the age of the universe?
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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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Continuity equation from the Friedmann equation

I know that one can derive the continuity equation: $$\dot{\rho}=3H(\rho+P)$$ from the Friedmann equations. $H^2=\frac{8\pi{G}\rho}{3}$ and $\frac{\ddot{a}}{a}=\frac{4\pi{G}\rho}{3}(\rho+3P)$ But ...
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How will the Big Rip affect chemistry and nuclear interactions?

The "Big Rip" is a theoretical scenario for the death of the universe. Let's assume that this scenario is true. What can we expect to happen to chemistry and nuclear interactions in the time ...
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Robertson-Walker metric and cosmic homogeneity

The Robertson-Walker metric is of the form $$\tag{1} ds^2 = dt^2 - a(t)^2 \Big(\frac{dr^2}{1 - kr^2} + r^2 d\theta^2 + r^2 \sin^2\theta \, d\phi^2 \Big).$$ My question is related to the $a^2(t)$ ...
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By What Mechanism Does the Universe Expand in Loop Quantum Gravity Theory?

So, the universe is expanding, and, from what I've heard, that expansion is accelerating. However, I'm unclear as to the specific mechanism involved, particularly as would be described in a Loop ...
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Why does dark energy make universe accelerate not slow down?

If mass=energy, then why doesn't dark energy not make the expansion slow down rather than accelerate seeing as gravity pulls masses together?
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Alternative values for the constant in the cosmological equation of state? (Mislaid list)

A couple of days ago I came across - but now cannot locate - an online list of about eight or nine alternative theoretical values for the constant in the cosmological equation of state (W = 1, -1/3, 0,...
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Do cosmic voids have to exist to prevent gravitational collapse of the Universe?

Since a black hole radius is 2 times the mass, it seems like any infinite distribution of matter has to have voids of increasing size as the scale changes in order for the whole Universe not to ...
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Is it spacetime or space that is expanding?

I have read answers to several similar questions but I still don't get it. Earlier explanations seem to say that laws of quantum physics and general relative are different. Let me get this straight. ...