Questions tagged [universe]

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Why is earth a giant magnet? [on hold]

If it is a giant magnet then will it produce a flow of electrons due to the magnetic flux effect or not?
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Based off of the study that found the universe has a positive curvature, how big would the whole universe be?

This study found that the universe has a positive curvature https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-019-0906-9. I didn't really want to buy it and see if it says how big the universe might be. I know ...
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How do we know so many details about Big Bang, but we do not know if Universe is finite/infinite?

I understand that this question may be too vague, but I am confused about the following: On one hand we know a lot of "details" about Big Bang, like really precise details, evolution of universe, age ...
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What is the largest cluster of merging galaxies?

Reading about the Andromeda–Milky Way collision, a galactic collision predicted to occur in about 4.5 billion years between the two galaxies, I went to the galaxy merger page and Wikipedia states that ...
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how are the celestial objects measured? [closed]

So I am guessing that chemical composition of the starts is measured using the spectrum analysis of waves emitted by them. But what if the spectrum is super packed by different wave lengths? How do ...
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The energy density of DM (to be fluid,state parameter=-2)increases with time. Does it violate the concept of accelerating universe?

We know that dark energy with value of state parameter $\omega<-1$ is called phantom dark energy model. In this model if we assume dark energy to be a fluid with value of state parameter $\omega=-2$...
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Do we know what happens at the boundary of the universe, what are some theories about it? [duplicate]

Do we know what happens at the boundary of the universe, what are some theories about it? Does space time differ at the boundary? Do things become larger at the boundary? Do the trajectories curve and ...
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Is there a star over my head?

Say I'm standing up straight, and I draw a straight line from my core through the top of my head (perpendicular to the ground). What is the probability that that line intersects with a star? EDIT: I'...
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Does the universe curve in on itself?

I've read a little bit about the universe, but its not clear to me if there is a place in the universe beyond which there are no stars. For example, is there anywhere in the universe that one could ...
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Probability of collision of another bubble universe with our universe

This is rephrased from a previous question and expanding on it. Considering the model of an "inflating" universe which extends infinitely in past (and possibly future) time, constantly creating new ...
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Is the eventual heat death of the universe due to the expansion of the universe?

I am reading about the accelerating expansion of the universe and something struck me. The observation that things further away were accelerating away faster and that early observations made it look ...
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Energy to expand

I do have a small question, which may seem a bit stupid but we are all here to learn. Anyways my question is: Is the universe expanding using the energy it had from the Big Bang? if so what would ...
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Could the Universe really be 12.5-13 billion years old?

My initial reaction is that "this must be wrong" and apparently that's a lot of people's initial reaction according to the article. https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/universe-may-be-billion-years-...
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What is the effect of this expanding universe on the energy density of it?

We know that our universe is expanding i.e. volume of the universe is getting larger with time with total energy being conserved. My question is whether the energy density is getting smaller with ...
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Observable universe equals its Schwarzschild radius (event horizon)?

The estimated age of the universe is 14 billion years. The estimated Schwarzschild radius (event horizon) of the observable universe is 14 billion light-years. What are the ramifications?
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How can cosmological bubble universes “collide” with each other?

In Eternal Inflation Theory, there exists the idea of multiple "bubble" Universes that grow and according to this theory, can "collide" with each other. The paper suggests that you can search for ...
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Does the expansion of the universe increase with distance?

I read something in a book the other day which has gotten me really confused. They were talking about the expansion of the universe, and if I understood it all, they said that the expansion of the ...
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Invisible Mass Affecting the Expansion of the Universe

Are there enough neutrinos & other invisible particles in a cubic light year of space to significantly affect the expansion of the universe,& at a very rough estimate without taking into ...
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How is “surface brightness dimming” derived from redshift in the NED extragalactic database

I have several questions regarding “Surface Brightness Dimming” in the “Quantities Derived from Redshift” section of the Nasa/ipac Extragalactic Database. As an example, please use quasar IRAS F08279+...
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how to define the universe itself is expanding greater than than the speed of light?

since we observe galaxies and other steller objects in very tiny tiny scale, and how we can understand that the speed of expansion on universe is higher than the speed of light ? even using the ...
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What covers the outside of the Universe? [closed]

Is the Universe a sphere with water or ice surrounding its' confinement? Are there any theories that imply the Universe being confined within a sphere of water/ice material?
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Are there ways to estimate size of the “whole universe”?

Words escape me, but by "whole universe" (I think) I mean everything that's spatially connected to the observable universe in a conventional sense. If there is a better term for it, please let me know!...
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Have we measured or found evidence of a detectable origin point of the big bang? [duplicate]

Based on reading the wiki page of the big bang, a simple question with a probably not a simple answer came to mind. The statement on the wikipedia page was. Since Georges Lemaître first noted in ...
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Universe as 3D projective space? [closed]

Is there any benefit to view the 3D (real) universe as 3D projective space?
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If objects don't move when the universe expands, how can the expansion result in redshift?

I am approaching this topic from a layman's perspective and view this as a logic puzzle, but when someone tries to get me to accept the logic, I'm never convinced by their arguments. According to ...
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Did universe have finite hydrogen

According to this video stars at end of time and many others on fate of universe they all agree on one thing that stars will eventually convert all the hydrogen into heavier elements and eventually ...
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As the Universe expands, do things like planets expand also, or just the space in between?

Just what the question says. As the universe expands, and space expands, do objects like planets ever expand? Does the space INSIDE of those objects expand?
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Looking at the Expanding Universe through the lens of relativity [closed]

The basis and most observable metric for how the universe is understood to be expanding at an accelerating rate is the red shift in observable light. I am assuming it has been thought about or maybe ...
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How can you verify the theories presented on TV shows like “How the Universe Works” is current and/or valid? [closed]

There are many TV shows such as "How the Universe Works" that explain theories about the origin of the universe such as the Big-Bang Theory. What resources can I access to verify the scientific ...
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Can two planets in an empty universe meet/be pulled together?

For this question assume that the entire universe is completely empty. The universe is not expanding or contracting, it is completely motionless since time immemorial and has never moved before. Only ...
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What was the process of calculating how much darkmatter/matter/dark energy the observable universe consists of and how did it come at this conclusion

In 2015 the Planck satellite consortium released an analysis of data collected by the Planck satellite that showed this percentage break down of the universe’s mass/energy. Ordinary matter: 4.9% ...
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Is our universe stable or metastable?

I've been reading and thinking about this subject for some time, but I can't seem to find a clear answer. After reading Q14: Aspects of the Higgs boson suggest that our Universe is only “...
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Is the universe always expanding

Currently we observe that the universe is expanding. And this expansion even goes faster and faster. Why do we know (or presume) that this expansion started slowly at a singularity (i.e. big bang) ...
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What is the total number of stars in the universe? [duplicate]

I mean a total number of stars, not the only ones that we can see.
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How much of the Universe is subatomic? [closed]

How much does subatomic particles such as photons, tachyons, and electron being the biggest particles etc. occupy space? If put in a ball how big of a ball would that be?
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Why Is The Expansion of The Universe Allowed To Move Faster Than Light? [duplicate]

Why is the expansion of the universe allowed to faster than light if everything that moves within a vacuum can't reach the speed limit of light? I've read that astronomers looked at the distance ...
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3-sphere universe [closed]

I have just read on this site that there is a Newtonian solution to Einstein's field equation but that it is spherically symmetrical and therefore not isotropic (having a centre for example) and so ...
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How can the universe be expanding? [duplicate]

I assume expansion implies an increase in the volume of the universe. But if the volume of the universe is increasing, does that not imply the area it is expanding into's volume is being reduced?
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What happens for a “closed” universe without any content?

Let an universe with no content and positive curvature. Friedmann-Lemaître equation $$H^2=\frac{8\pi G}{3}\left(\rho_m+\rho_r+\rho_{\Lambda}\right)-\frac{k\, c^2}{a^2},$$ where $a$ corresponds to the ...
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Is the acceleration of the expansion of the universe a direct observation or an interpretation?

Is the acceleration of expansion we observe with supernovae direct or is this an interpretation according $\Lambda$CDM model ? I mean what we observe is luminosity distance versus redshift, so to see ...
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Is it possible that the Universe is expanding due to additional Big Bang events?

Is it theoretically possible that the Universe is expanding due to additional Big Bang events that have occurred at the same location that the original Big Bang occurred at? Perhaps there has been an ...
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Light beam (1 photon) in the limited universe?

If our universe is not infinite, what happens with the light beam (or photon) when it will travel through the whole universe? For example, observable universe according to wikipedia has diameter 93 ...
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Why do we presume that the universe has always expanded?

When I read about the universe having always expanded from a 'singularity', I can't help but wonder if that is perhaps not the case. If a singularity is a point at which everything is infinite and is, ...
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Does the edge of the Universe travel faster than the speed of light?

The Universe is expanding faster than the speed of light then does that mean matter at the edge of the universe is also traveling at the speed of light or are ether opposite sides of the universe are ...
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Yet another Question about the expansion of universe

A galaxy 13 billion light-years distant is 94% of the way to the big bang. The universe was 800 million years old when the light was emitted. That galaxy today is traveling away from us at 94% of the ...
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Methodology for size of Universe

I understand that the Universe could be either finite or infinite and that it is, at the least, "very large". :) My question is, why doesn't the math involved in making the CMB and other predictions, ...
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What explains the existence of energy/matter if it cannot be created or destroyed?

If the energy/matter that was contained in the singularity before the Big Bang had always existed, and if it’s true that energy/matter cannot be created or destroyed, then what explains its existence?
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Influences from outside the observable universe explaining dark energy and expansion?

Could some influence from outside the observable universe be causing the expansion?
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How can heavy elements exist when the universe is young compared to the lifetime of a star? [duplicate]

Our sun is said to be incapable of producing heavier elements, and these are thought to originate from older stars dying and going supernova. If our sun is 4-5 billion years old, and has a lifetime of ...
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Will a black hole swallow the universe?

If black holes swallow stuff, will a big black hole eventually swallow the universe? The universe will eventually go dark, because there will not be enough matter to make stars, and all that will be ...