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In documentaries the Big Bang is often represented as blackness followed by a big explosion with loud noises. This always feels cheap and falling short of explaining the origin of the Universe. Is this really the best way to get green-thumbs thinking about the origin of the Universe? Are there other, better, representations or analogies of the Big Bang? If so, how do they better describe the current cosmological model than the "explosion" analogy?

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My tongue-in-cheek response is that the animators always fall short (although I can't come close). A slightly better response is that space expanded, and, quite frankly, caused matter to "fly" apart - sort of (but not really) like an explosion. There's honestly nothing else like it. Rhetorically, how else can you express the beginning of space and time? –  HDE 226868 Aug 11 at 21:03
Explosions are more dramatic than video of rising bread dough. If you put poppy seeds in the dough, you'll get a Hubble-like constant for their rate of dispersion vs distance. An explosion yields a wildly different dispersion vs distance equation. –  Wayfaring Stranger Aug 11 at 22:36
Where is the evidence? I've not yet come accross the comparison with an explosion. –  Walter Sep 5 at 9:57
not a science question . –  Walter Sep 5 at 9:58

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