One hypothetical tenet of much astrophysics is that the Universe is uniform on large scales. This actually hinges on many deep theoretical results from astrophysics, since what we actually observe is that the Earth is at the center of the observable universe, and that stuff near the edges of the observable universe is quite different than stuff near the center. However, these theoretical results could be verified by, e.g. traveling to a different point in the observable universe and observing the universe from that point.

Unfortunately, we are currently constrained to observation from Earth, so this concept of the "constant observer" is difficult to test directly. At current technological levels, how far would we need to travel away from the Earth to perform an experiment directly verifying the "constant observer" effect?

  • $\begingroup$ I'm unsure on that assumption. All the studies show non-uniformity on various scales, and the models I have seen suggest this non-uniformity continues. $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop Mar 18 '19 at 14:54

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