# Questions tagged [cosmology]

Questions about the origin, history, evolution and fate of the Universe.

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### Do apparent magnitude (V) and photometric magnitude (specifically in optical V band between 500-600 nm) have a similar scale to stellar magnitude?

I'm graphing a table and I used the magnitude values from this database https://vizier.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/VizieR-4 (It's the V/19/data catalog for "Masses and Ages of stars in 68 open clusters&...
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### Particle horizon distance as $t \to \infty$

So I know that the particle horizon distance in our universe is about 46 billion light years. I also know that as $t \to \infty$, the particle horizon distance approaches a finite value. What is this ...
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### Units of angle in comoving transverse distance calculation

For two objects at a redshift $z$, I know that the proper distance between them is given by $\delta \theta d_M(z)$, where $d_M(z)$ is the transverse comoving distance. What are the units of the angle ...
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### Demonstration of scales for the two components (transverse and perpendicular) of Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations (BAO)

I transfer here a post that has not had any answer pn physics exchange, so I am going to delete this latter. Maybe I will have more luckiness here. In an astrophysics context about BAO (Baryonic ...
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### Pivot scale in cosmology, CMB observatiion

What is a pivot scale, pivot frequency in general, and particularly in the cosmology? I don't get the idea. Almost everywhere I found the same the same sentence "we take the standard value of a ...
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### Astronomy A Physical Perspective [closed]

Is "Astronomy: A Physical Perspective" by M. Kutner written in 2003 a good introductory textbook? What other textbooks could you recommend? I want to study astronomy on my own but with scientific ...
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### Paper recommendations for career guidance

I'm an undergraduate student in astronomy and I'm one year from graduating, but I feel I still can't choose what career path I want to pursue. To date I've only had two courses of proper astrophysics ...
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### Absorption line in quasar spectrum

I have quasar spectrum which includes emission and absorption lines. I need to find absorption lines in between 2 wavelength. How can I do it with coding?
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### Nebula and its Colours [duplicate]

A Nebula boasts of Too Bright Awesome Colors that includes red, blue, green, orange, white, etc? They're result of excitation of electrons. Is there a clear explanation as in which Color is ...
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### Formula to Compute sigma8 for correction in non-linear regime

I try to explain my issue on this forum since it seems to be appropriate. I need to apply a correction on $\sigma_{8}$ between linear and non-linear regime to keep it fixed (I make change the values ...
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### Aligning of 7 unidentified objects in the sky, what are they? What did I see? [duplicate]

So this morning (4th December 2019, 0518hrs) I was out turning my horses out in the fields and noticed a strange arrangement of what I perceive to be stars, only I’ve never seen it before and wondered ...
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### How are constraints on dark energy improved the most?

Today we have various data available from independent probes to constrain dark energy, i.e. its equation of state $w$. These include Type 1a supernovae, BAO, CMB, large-scale galaxy surveys, etc. Are ...
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### Understanding the statistical mechanics of Recombination Epoch (“Cosmology” Weinberg) [closed]

In Steven Weinberg's 'Cosmology' Chapter 2.3 (pg 113), he begins with a number density for some particle via the Maxwell-Boltzmann Formula: While I have some familiarity with statistical mechanics, I ...
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### Deducing distance of closest neighbor galaxy from expression of correlation and mean galaxy density

The original post was on physics exchange but I prefer to move it here : I am trying to estimate the distance of closest galaxy neighbor knowing the expression of number of neighbors $\text{d}N$ into ...
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### Correctly scaling Power Spectrum and Correlation Function of Galaxies from Mock Catalogues

I'm currently writing a code to compute the two-point correlation function of a set of galaxies. As I work with a loooot of galaxies, it was suggested to me not to do it in real space, but to compute ...
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### Does a 4-manifold universe imply zero net energy?

If our universe is a 4-manifold (i.e. with every point in space-time already existing) does this imply that there is zero net energy (as net energy would do work and so change the universe)? If so, ...
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I'm just starting a project to analyze some of the images obtained from the Dark Energy Survey (DES), and I'd like to get some of the COADD images from the SV data. For example, this paper: https://...
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### Cosmology: about the equations of expansions

Suppose we assume that the gravitational constant is varying with time: $$G=G_0 e^{-\frac{t}{t_0}}$$ where $t$ is the time from the Big Bang, and $G_0, t_0$ being some constants. Assuming matter-only ...
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### The size of Copernicus’ and Ptolemy’s corrections

I understand that both Copernicus and Ptolemy needed epicycles, but one might assume that a heliocentric system would need much smaller corrections to account for the non-circular motion of the ...
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### Mass of the universe

How do we calculate the mass of the universe taking into consideration dark matter? Mass of visible matter can be computed by stellar method, but how do we calculate mass of dark matter which we don'...
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### Why can't we point the centre of the universe from inflation graph we see?

This question is not about whether it makes sense to have a centre of the universe or not instead, it's about the inflation graph we used to see while describing the Big Bang. From the inflation graph ...
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### Cosmological redshift - How do we know it's not caused by the observer's time dilation?

Instead of cosmological redshift being caused by the metric expansion of space, why couldn't cosmological redshift be caused by our perspective moving faster in time? Said another way, if the ...
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### How is it possible that the CMB approaches the earth from all directions?

I presume that the photons from the CMB approach the earth from all directions, otherwise we couldn't detect them with a picture where it is present everywhere in the universe with a tiny anisotropy. ...
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### What are the 10 most abundant elements in the universe by number of atomic nuclei?

I've seen websites that show the ratios of the 10 most common elements but they compare them by relative mass. I think it's more interesting to know the relative abundances of atomic nuclei because ...
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### Why is constant velocity drift not an accepted explanation of Hubble expansion?

Edward A Milne at the Oxford University proposed that what Hubble was observing was simply a natural sorting of random galactic motions. If a group of galaxies formed together moving at various ...
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### Where do Neutrinos Go if They Don't Interact?

It is said that neutrinos can travel for billons of years at almost the speed of light without interacting with anything. That being the case,what do they do - is it possible they could orbit the ...
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### What is the lyman-werner background?

I've seen several papers that discuss the Lyman-Werner Background (LWB) when modeling star and galaxy formation in the early universe. One in particular (https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.04527) even varies ...
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### How long would a photon take to reach us if it's emitted from a galaxy receeding at c?

A galaxy at the boundary of the Hubble sphere is receeding from us at the speed of light, right? If it emits a photon now, how long will it take to reach us?
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### What exactly is the accretion disk?

Is it really possible for material such as dust, gas and other stellar debris that come near the black hole, doesn't fall into it, instead forms a flattened band of spinning material?
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### could dark energy be a force coming from the hyperspace outside the universe?

It seems to me that the expansion of the universe is only being looked at one way. a repelling force, basically being the opposite of gravity. After pondering this for many nights, I began to wonder ...
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### Are the most distant known objects in the universe more than 14 billion light years away? [duplicate]

When I hear about the most distant objects in the universe, such as the recently discovered galaxy GN-z11, their distances are usually stated to be a little under 14 billion light years away.... But, ...
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### Troop of moving stars through a straight line [duplicate]

Last night,I and my brother suddenly saw that some(50-60) dots of light( exactly like stars) were moving through a straight line(from NW to SE) above us with same velocity and towards exactly same ...
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### Virial Shock Heating

In the review paper on protoclusters, Roderik Overzier (pg 25) mentions the concept of virial shock heating which seems to be a process involved with galaxy cluster formation. I'm not fully certain ...
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### Time-frame regarding cosmic expansion and the bound state of the Virgo Cluster

Due to accelerating cosmic inflation, other galaxies and galaxy clusters will eventually race toward the Hubble horizon apparently away from us, placing them effectively out of our sphere of influence....
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### Are there any physical phenomena that destroy information?

Are there physical phenomena, such as wave function collapse or black holes, which irrevocably destroy information about their prior states?
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### Researching mechanics without “fixed stars”

In the history of humanity, easily observable extra-(Solar System) objects greatly helped understanding certain phenomena inside the Solar System. Importantly, the “precession of the equinox”, and ...
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### Computing the over-density of Lyman-alpha emitters

Let's assume that I have observations of $N$ galaxies in a projected area $A$, within a redshift range $\Delta z = z_{max} - z_{min}$. What is the correct way of computing their number volume density? ...
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### Which redshift is used to determine the Hubbleconstant?

I think they measure cosmological redshift to use in the Law of Hubble-Lemaître together with the distance to calculate $H_0$. Is this correct, or do they use Doppler shift (too)? $H_0$ indicates how ...
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### who use the GADGET-2 pack for simulation? can I do it with my PC? [closed]

I want to do hydrodynamic simulatin for universe at vary redshifts. How can I do it? or how can I find an simulation of universe for use my work?
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### Is the universe eternal?

I understand that as the universe continues to expand, eventually our supply of hydrogen will be exhausted and then it's "lights out." Is that really going to happen or is there something "eternal" ...
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### Wouldn't be “dark matter” better called “massless gravity”? [closed]

In spite of being a simple words game, that would make me feel less uncomfortable, as there could be a mysterious field still less mysterious than matter that passes through itself etc. Moreover, ...
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### Approximating density of hydrogen in [observable] universe

Let universe be completely made from hydrogen. And also we have redshift $z= 6$. with Hubble constant $H_{0} = 2.1941747572815535\times 10^{-18}\:\mathrm{s}^{-1}$. We also know that density of the ...
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### Question about Hubble parameter (Hubble constant) and measuring it

I see this question in "An introduction to modern cosmology - Andrew Liddle - Wiley Publication": In the real Universe the expansion is not completely uniform. Rather, galaxies exhibit some ...
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### Number of photons in universe? I'll take number from a star in unit time and extrapolate

I'll take number per average star, multiple by appropriate numbers , star/Galaxy, galaxies/universe, 14 billion years, and try to figure their location. I was looking for a rough number and a ...
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### Seeing a galaxy (quasar) greater than 46.6 billion light years away

Assuming the Big Bang was 13.8 Billion Years ago: Is it possible to observe a Galaxy's redshift showing distances slightly greater than that, like 48 Billion Light Years away? I understand that in a ...
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### When did: energy precipitate into quarks etc. - atoms of H and He form - the first stars form - what elements did they fuse? curious layman [closed]

Please correct errors in fact and logic! Hundred(s) of thousands of years after the Big Bang the temperature of the universe dropped enough for energy to precipitate into quarks, mesons, bosons, etc. ...
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### Is the halo virial mass based on only dark matter mass or also include baryonic mass?

Dark matter-only N-body simulations are ubiquitous and there exist many algorithms/codes to identify and measure the properties of dark matter halos in these simulations. One basic quantity describing ...
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### Objects beyond 13.3 billion light-years away are (apparently) moving away from us at faster-than-light speeds? [duplicate]

That is, if you use the cosmic distance ladder method, and a value of about 73.5 for the Hubble constant.... But, if you plug in the Planck CMB value of about 67.5, you get a distance of about 14.5 ...