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Questions about the increase with time of distance between two distant points in the Universe.

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Can virtual particles with zero energy and non-zero momentum contribute to dark energy?

I know this is actually a physics question, but I can't ask anything there anymore and the same problem walks on my side on other forums... So, I take my chance to ask it here. A virtual particle is ...
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Why is the CMB's redshift so high?

It is pretty well-established that the CMB was originally emitted around 380,000 years after the Big Bang, at a redshift of ~1100. The most distant known object is HD1, the light from which was ...
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Expansion rate of an infinite universe at the Big Bang

If the universe is infinitely large, then any two arbitrarily distant points must have been arbitrarily close together at some earlier point in time. Doesn't that mean that the expansion rate of the ...
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How far away from us was Earendel star when it emitted the light that is just now reaching us?

From what I've read, the look back time is about 12.9 billion light years, and the current distance to the Earendel star is approximately 28 billion light years... How close to us was it when it ...
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Strange plot in Max Tegmark book, Our Mathematical Universe

In Max Tegmark's book, Our Mathematical Universe, we can find (in chapter 5, figure 5.3) the following (horrible and poor quality) plot that is supposed to highlight the extreme sensitivity of the ...
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Can the Event Horizon Telescope been used to find intergalactic distances?

Now that we have the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), why can't we just guess and check intergalactic distances by changing the EHT's focal length? For instance why don't we take another picture of M87,...
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Is there physical evidence to distinguish between the expansion of space and an anthropocentric universe?

When we look in all directions, we see distant objects red-shifted, with the size of the red-shift correlated with the distance from us. As I understand it, the consensus among cosmologists is that ...
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Can we consider the Universe to be some kind of 3-sphere?

This is probably a naive question. I'm learning a bit of cosmology and I've recently covered the so called angular size-redshift relation, which states that in an expanding Universe the angular size ...
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Why are galaxies thought to get bigger with distance in an expanding universe model?

In an expanding universe model. In addition to galaxies getting fainter with distance, they are also thought to get bigger. Thus the surface brightness of the object should decrease with distance. ...
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Does dark energy make galaxies expand over long periods of time?

Does dark energy expand galaxies slightly over time? I would think this could be verified easily (observe if galaxies far away / further in the past smaller and denser), and might make a good ...
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If we could fly off edge of observable universe what would happen? [closed]

If we could be at the edge of expanding universe in a fast space ship such that we could go beyond the edge, what does the science think we might experience? Would we still be floating in space? Would ...
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Can we observe galaxies after their recession velocity exceeds the speed of light? [duplicate]

It doesn't make sense to me that light could ever reach us from a galaxy moving away from us faster than the speed of light. But this video says that it can happen. Is this true? Could someone ...
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In an isolated binary system, can the expansion of the universe balance out collapsing orbit due to gravitational waves?

We know that binary systems slowly lose energy due to gravitational waves from the objects moving through spacetime and that if the objects are compact and massive enough, the mergers happen in time ...
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Local neighbourhood and Superclusters

Recently, I watched a YouTube video on Limits of Humanity, by famous Youtube channel Kurzgesagt. It talked about the local neighbourhood, and it is the only group of galaxies which are gravitationally ...
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How distant were the furthest currently-observable cosmic events when their currently-observed radiation was emitted?

(Edited for clarity. Thanks to James K and Connor Garcia.) This question about the most distant, observable cosmic objects made me wonder if we know the distance that was between us and them at the ...
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How does the hypothesis of the "inconstant Hubble constant" solve the current crisis in cosmology?

It was published in a paper more or less like two months ago. I'd like to know also if more accurate measurements are necessary to close the gap between the model of the universe and the data reported....
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Formula to calculate round-trip travel time based on current distance to far-away galaxy

Cross-posted from Physics Stack Exchange - original The question was closed as HW-like there. The Premise You travel at a constant velocity towards a far-away galaxy. You then travel back at the same ...
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Because the Universe is expanding, what is it taking up?

It is my understanding that the universe is expanding and that matter takes up space. While the universe only contains small percent of matter, wouldn't expansion indicate that the universe is ...
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How is it possible that a universe with mass does not have curvature?

I may know the answer to my question. Mass must curve the universe but the pressure due to energy density may curve the universe in the opposite direction, leading to a flat universe, if they exactly ...
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Universe expansion data validation

I am not an expert, just a enthusiast, so if possible please keep explanation simple. That said I have start reading about universe expansion and the idea seems to me revolutionary (the image of an ...
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How many galaxies are predicted in the observable universe? Does it contain dwarfs? Is there any size-ratio diagram?

According to quite recent research the observable universe contains about 2 trillion galaxies ($2 \cdot 10^{12}$). But what is counted there? Does this number also contain dwarf galaxies? According to ...
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Does the radius of your cosmic horizon decrease as velocity increases?

If I was moving at c-1 meters per second, and was observing an object moving 2 m/s away from my starting point as a result of the expansion of the universe rather than classical velocity, would I ever ...
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Why are CMB peak heights sensitive to the physical densities

A very simple question: why should it be that the CMB power spectrum allows constraints to be placed on the combination of parameters $$\omega_c = \Omega_c h^2$$ $$\omega_b = \Omega_b h^2$$ as opposed ...
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What makes a star? [closed]

What are the properties of a star? How do astronomers classify the properties of stars?
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Recent research regarding if the local group of galaxies will remain bound to the Virgo Cluster?

The question of if the local group of galaxies will remain bound to the Virgo Cluster has been asked before (Is the local group bound to the Virgo cluster?). I am wondering if there is any more recent ...
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Is the age of the Universe really 13.8 billion years?

Ok, I know this has been asked by a lot of people, but my reason for asking this question is a bit different. Please read further. I was watching a video by Fermilab (Start at 6:30, at 8:30 he ...
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Could blackholes warping space-time create dark energy?

I think the effects of blackholes on the surrounding space is localised to a small area around the blackhole but I wondered if the largest blackholes at the centre of massive clusters could be a ...
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Could there really be a preferential direction to the speed of light?

This question is inspired by a recent video by Veritasium Why no one has measured the speed of light linked below. To summarize the video, Derek points out that it is impossible to measure the one-way ...
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Why does the Hubble flow does not carry photons with it?

I have this naive question. We know that the expansion of the universe "takes" or "carries" the galaxies with it, separating them, but this doesn't apply to photons. My guess is ...
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If an object 1 billion light years away emits light, does it take more than 1 billion years to reach us because of the expansion of the universe?

From page 7 of the recent (September 26, 2020) edition of Science News Magazine: Detected May 21, 2019, the gravitational waves came from a source about 17 billion light-years from Earth, making this ...
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Does time also pass more slowly for a galaxy that is traveling at relativistic speeds, where the speed difference is due to Hubble expansion?

If time passes more slowly, relative to Earth, for a traveler at relativistic speeds, say at .8c, traveling between stars inside this galaxy, does time also pass more slowly for a distant galaxy that ...
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Must time pass more slowly, relative to our inertial reference frame, inside galaxies that are currently located at half way to the Hubble Horizon?

Trying to understand simultaneity of events and time-dilation on a Universe scale, I would like to know must time pass more slowly, right now, relative to our current inertial reference frame, inside ...
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How can something infinitely big have expanded from an infinitely small?

Please help me reconcile what I see as contradicting theories: The universe began with the Big Bang and expanded from an infinitesimally small point. The universe is infinite. How can something ...
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What was the the value of the Hubble constant at the time of the CMB's 'release' (i.e., 379,000 years after Big Bang)?

What about its value roughly 9 billion years after the Big Bang, when dark energy started to 'take over' and accelerate the expansion of the universe? Is there a timeline or chart somewhere that shows ...
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Intuitive explanation for why the Doppler effect (and red-shift) happens?

I was looking for an intuitive explanation as to why the Doppler effect happens. I haven't found any, but this is what I thought: -Waves emitted travel at a constant speed -The source emits a wave -If ...
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Intuition about Hubble's Law

I have recently learnt about Hubble's Law and this is my understanding of it: Galaxies move away from us at a rate that is proportional to their distance from us. So, considering an arbitrary unit of ...
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Can expansion of space cause the motion of galaxies, does expansion of space do effect motion of our sun around center and earth around Sun?

I'm just wondering that expansion is anyway related to in effecting motion of a star under the galaxies ? Planets are currently revolving around sun in helix motion, if galaxies has motion as well ...
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Will the "fabric of space time" rip from expansion?

I'm quite familiar with the fabric of space time theory and as I've been quite lonely these past few weeks, I started thinking that since the universe is expanding and since the "fabric" is the ...
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Definition of space - to cope with "space expansion"

I've searched quite a lot but found no satisfying definition, so please: How do we actually define space when talking of "space expansion"? Isn't it just a metric, a dimension we measure, instead of ...
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What will be the eventual result of the Milky Ways future mergers?

I am wondering, after the Milky Way merges with Andromeda and other near by dwarf galaxies and globular clusters, will it then merge with galaxies in the Virgo cluster and even Laniakea? And if so ...
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Galaxies stay at same place but it's the space that splits the galaxies apart [duplicate]

Galaxies stay at same place but it's the space that splits the galaxies apart. Is my understanding correct? As per my understanding. Galaxies moving apart at high speed is due to the increase in ...
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If the distance between galaxies is increasing and the speed of light is constant will the most of the light from the universe ever reach us?

Will the light from other galaxies ever reach us if the universe is expanding?
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With the expansion of the universe is time also increasing?

With more space being created would there be more time in that new region formed? Is the over all universe increasing in time? This is my first question so go easy on me. PS. Would that also mean that ...
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Why is the Cosmic Microwave Background evidence of for a hotter, denser early Universe?

In his book Gravitation and cosmology, Steven Weinberg says that CMB makes it "difficult to doubt that the universe has evolved from a hotter, denser early stage". In my understanding, the ...
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Expansion of the universe speeding up

I know that the expansion of the universe is speeding up, but is there an equation to measure this? Also, what is the cause of this?
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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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Any theories about universal expansion due to action at the universal event horizon?

I'm curious if there are any theories about the increasing rate of the expansion of the universe that are centered around gravitational pull from matter outside the event horizon of either the ...
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Expansion of the universe and visibility of distant galaxies [duplicate]

The universe expands at an accelerating rate, which makes me wonder if at a certain point the speed of expansion between two points will exceed the speed of light. In that case, it might eventually ...
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Does the gravity oppose to the Universe expansion?

I'm trying to understanding the very basic of the current cosmology. I searched in the old questions but I found nothing that answers specifically to my questions. As far as I understand, we have to ...
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Why does the Supernova 2006cm give a very different value for the Hubble constant? Why doesn't it increase error bars for the Hubble constant?

The Supernova 2006cm has a redshift of 0.0153 which translates into a recession speed of 4600 km/s. It has a distance modulus of 34.71 which translates into a luminosity distance of 87 Mpc. This ...
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