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If a star orbited another star, how would that affect parallax measurements of the other star from the vantage point of the first?

Example: If hypothetically, the vantage point would move 2AU along an orbit around the star being measured, would that make it seem as if the other star moved twice the distance over the back-drop?
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How can space expand in accelerating speed when dark energy is constant?

I came to know that dark energy is constant.As mentioned in the Friedmann equations How can a constant energy cause an ...
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How is a Galaxy formed?

How is a galaxy formed? I know that the center of our galaxy is considered to be Sagittarius A* and it's surrounded by a lot of stars (also a lot of neutron stars). But what makes this happen? I mean,...
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Centerless expansion or a matter of perspective [duplicate]

I get this question a lot: Where is the center of the Universe? I see this question on the internet all of the time: Where is the center of the Universe? Now I have a question regarding all ...
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Does the recent news of “ten times more galaxies” imply that there is correspondingly less dark matter?

Nature: Universe has ten times more galaxies than researchers thought NASA feature: Hubble Reveals Observable Universe Contains 10 Times More Galaxies Than Previously Thought Headlines sometimes ...
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Why are galaxies distributed as walls and voids, or spider webs?

I have wondered why the "walls and voids" of the cosmological galaxy distribution seem to resemble a "foam", like rising bread that's ready to fall, with "voids" corresponding to empty bubbles in the ...
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Does the age of the universe take into account General Relativity / Special Relativity?

It is generally accepted that the age of the universe is approximately 12-15 billion years old based on the speed of the expansion of the universe. Since everything is moving very fast away from us, ...
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What suggests the cyclic nature of the universe? Proposed by Stephen Hawking

In "A Briefer History of Time" by Stephen Hawking he writes that if we were to travel faster than the universe were expanding and for long enough (in a straight line) we would eventually come back to ...
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Why are some universal entities round and others are flat?

I've been wondering for a while now why some objects in the universe (such as stars, planets, etc.) are round, while others are flat (galaxies, planetary rings and protoplanetary disks). I know these ...
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How can we use hypervelocity stars to determine the origins of the Universe?

I was reading this article finding evidence of Universe's origin, which describes that in 1 trillion years we may lose the ability to determine how the universe was created. The answer seems to be ...
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Is the universe moving through infinite space time as it expands?

What I mean by this, is imagine a person blowing up a balloon. As the balloon expands, the person blowing it up is also walking. At a much grander scale, apply this concept to the universe. As the ...
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Do some ELF (Extremely low frequency) radio waves pass the atmosphere

...reach Earth surface and then are reflected passing the atmosphere again to reach outer space? And once in outer space can they travel indefinetely in it or the interplabetary plasma would stop them?...
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Are there any sounds in space?

Is our universe noisy or silent? Can people hear them? When astronauts are out of the Earth and near an explosion, can they hear its noise.
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If the universe is 'flat', what shape is it? [duplicate]

As in the title, If the universe is considered to be 'flat', what shape is it? Is it a disc, elliptical, square, rectangle? Or is this still unknown as we can only study a small segment of the ...
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Can information leave the observable Universe?

From what I gather, the observable universe is expanding at the speed of light. In addition, information cannot travel faster than the speed of light. It seems as though these two facts would imply ...
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Why can we trust Hubble Time if the rate of expansion is not constant?

The age of the Universe can be estimated from taking the inverse of the Hubble constant: $t_\text{universe} = 1/H_0 =d/v.$ It seems to me this method assumes that any given galaxy has been receding ...
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Parts of the Universe Shows Fewer Named Stars [duplicate]

I'm becoming interested in the currently identified stars in the universe. There is a wide swath where much fewer named stars are shown. Why is this? The image below is a mollweide projection of the ...
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Can one calculate the size (i.e. the radius) of our universe? [closed]

If one can estimate the mass of our universe, might one also calculate its ultimate size, (after it fully expands), based on the Schwarzschild formula for the radius of a black hole? Please note that ...
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If the universe keeps expanding, can we travel to the edge of the universe? [duplicate]

If the universe keeps expanding, is it possible to travel to the edge of the universe?
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What is the most dense object in the universe?

Inspired by this answer to the question, Why is the Sun's density less than the inner planets?, what is the most dense object in the universe?
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Is there any proof of space being created?

Is there any proof for space being created? Because I guess an explanation for the dark energy (dark = our understanding of it) could be that there is a gigantic amount of matter/dark matter that we ...
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In a finite universe, what happens when light reaches the boundary?

If a universe is finite and is not expanding at a speed equal to or greater than c, what happens when light or another form of electromagnetic radiation traveling reaches the boundary?
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Birthday of the Universe

With every improvement of measurement we are able to determine the age of the Universe more exactly. I just wondered how much and what means it would need to narrow the range of age so that it would ...
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Evidence of CMB redshift

Are there any known spectral lines shifted by ~1100? If not, then how certain is mainstream that the CMB has a redshift of ~1100? All I see is a blackbody radiation curve void of spectral lines.
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What is the volume of the universe?

Of course it is not exactly known how big the universe is, but I thougt that the universe is about 100 billion lightyears in diameter. But if that is true can you also make an estimation of the volume ...
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Are we center of universe? [duplicate]

So I just learned that CMB redshift is 1100 regardless where we look (up down left right). According to Hubble's Law that makes it around 46 billion light years away, making it the farthest matter ...
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Locations of farthest matter

Regarding matter that has the highest redshifts, do we see such matter in every general direction we look (relative to Earth: up down left right front back)?
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Is the earth bombarded equally in all directions by neutrinos?

Perhaps it is hard to known for sure because neutrinos are very difficult to detect, although they do go through the earth in very large numbers. But are they passing through the earth equally from ...
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Are there events in universe which we receive first from their neutrino's instead of their photons?

Neutrino's are very small though they have mass. Because of that it is probably that the don't have a speed faster than photons. But is it in all events, like supernova's or else events, where it is ...
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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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Regarding the age / size of the Universe [duplicate]

I believe the current estimated age of the Universe is around 14 billion years. I just read in another post on here that the diameter of the Universe is around 90 billion light years. This doesn't ...
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What happens outside of the universe? [duplicate]

Since the universe is always expanding, that means there's an edge right? So what are some theories for outside of that growing edge.
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How could we tell if the Universe is infinite? [duplicate]

I've heard from a number of people that the Universe is infinite, and from my perspective, I can't see how this can actually be known, especially given that the Universe started out a finite size and ...
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How does the concept of a universe with no center work?

I understand basically that the universe is homogenous (looks the same from every point) and I was told in my astro class that it's supposed to have no center, but how that works boggles my mind. I ...
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Origin of the Universe [closed]

I heard on a you tube video that a new theory came out in 2015 . The theory is that there was no "Big Bang" and that the Universe has no beginning .
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Is the flat curvature of the universe in the 5th dimension?

It is hard to imagine that the universe could have a flat curvature while I've read that it is at this moment the most likely. When you look around the universe is expanding in all directions, so it ...
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Why can't different regions of the universe be the same as they have the same origin?

The horizon problem states that because of the speed of information can't be faster than light and the distances between far regions are too big there is a problem because they look quite the same. ...
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Why is there a difference between the cosmic event horizon and the age of the universe?

According to wiki the cosmic event horizon is 5 Gpc but the age of the universe is about 13,7 billion years. Usually light from far galaxys needed at most 13,7 billion years to reach the earth so the ...
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Why when we look through a telescope in space, do the billions of stars not block our view from seeing further?

I know that we are able to "see back into time" by looking very far away through telescopes such as the Hubble telescope, but my question is, wouldn't you run into at least a couple of stars that were ...
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What is driving the expansion of the Universe?

Is it just the momentum from the Big Bang? If yes, how can it account for the acceleration of the expansion? Why isn't the collective gravitational force slowing it down? What part does dark energy ...
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Is parallel universe possible [duplicate]

Does parallel universe really exists or just science fiction which ain't possible? Can we ever know ?
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Large hadron collider [closed]

Whether the collision of particle will lead to a massive WORMHOLE or if BLACKHOLE is also possible? How much I know is that it's created for einstien's E=mc^2 ,conservation of energy from mass and ...
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Is this Universe scenario correct? [closed]

I will try to give you my reasoning behind my scenario. Ok I've researched and found That 95 percent of the galaxy has been formed already, And the other 5 percent is still to come.http://www....
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Does every object in the Universe have gravity? Space has no gravity, why?

My science teacher told me that every object in Universe has gravity but space is a part of Universe too, so, why does the space have no gravity?
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What was “space” like before big bang?

I have a simple question which I think about often but have no answer. If The Big Bang is true, than if the whole space was just a point 14 billion years ago, then what was around that point, some ...
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How do we know the current state of the universe by observing it from Earth?

Since light travels at the constant speed and takes more than a billion years to travel from the distant parts of the Universe, how do we know the state of the distant regions? Do those still exist or ...
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Second Big Bang [duplicate]

Just say you are immortal and will live forever. Since the universe is claimed to be unstable, what would happen after it ends? Would all of the universe's mass just fly back into another compressed ...
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How do we know that the Universe is still expanding now?

Yes, I know that most galaxies have a red shift and that means they are moving away from us. The problem is that the farthest galaxies are 13.8 billion light years away. That means that the info is ...
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Are black holes expanding?

We know that it is a commonly heard claim that in every black hole there is a universe. It is also believed that the universe is expanding. If we use both of these, can we conclude that every black ...
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Why does it make sense to say the universe has no centre?

If we suppose we and everything in the universe is perfectly flat. That is, we have width and depth, but no height. And we are situated on the surface of a balloon blowing up with air and expanding "...