My local TV station has been showing World Science Festival, TED, and some other science shows. It’s fascinating to hear the accepted theories on how the universe was created, stars, black holes etc. From what I understand our universe is thought to be a little under 14 billion years old, which is a staggering length of time …
Some of the other quantities like the number of stars (10-200 sextillion) and number of planets they think are in our universe are even more vast, so vast in fact it’s pretty challenging to comprehend things like – there are (perhaps) more stars in our universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on earth.
From what I understand, our universe is expanding, has been since the beginning. It’s what scientists call “inflation”. Liking to think beyond what I’m told, I do puzzle about what exactly the universe is expanding into.
Is there simply more “space” which is infinite ?
Or is “space” being created to expand into ?
Or, something else ?
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Whenever there is question of infinite growth, the answer is it’s recursive. My guess is that the process/space etc is circular/recursive. Good chance Universe is pulsating.
I don’t think there’s a final answer to this question yet. Maybe in 5 or 10 years, science discovers something new that explains the expansion of the universe. You never know.
I just wish I could imagine it.
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That’s strange… I was just thinking those exact same two questions myself recently (doo-doo-doo-doo — Twilight Zone theme music)…
Scientific studies show that space is infinite for now. It’s a very interesting study that will continue beyond our lifetimes, and the lifetimes of future generations. What’s equally amazing, is that earth is smaller than a nanometer away from being burned to a crisp or a ball of ice. We’re perfectly in place to sustain life, by something that’s incredibly small to be measured.
There are more things out there than we will know for a long time, and I can only hope to see even a tiny fraction of it while I’m alive and can remember.
Agreed, it’s vast … and yes we’re perfectly placed not be incinerated 🙂
It is fascinating stuff!
True that 🙂
The great question of physics I suppose. I once met someone who had a theory that black holes lead to parallel universes. Maybe that is the case or maybe not. It would be interesting if they did though
Don’t know, but agree would be interesting
I believe it’s thought that space extends to infinity – what a concept! It used to be thought that the expanding universe would eventually collapse on itself, but scientists now think it will just keep on expanding!
Into what infinite empty space, I guess then …
Here’s this site on Cosmology someone showed me. Haven’t read a lot of it, so I feel somewhat foolish. Still thought you or anyone else might be interested.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Scientists have told us that space is infinite; in other words, there is no end to it. Because our human minds think of everything in terms of limits and boundaries down here on earth, this concept is impossible for the human mind to analyse or comprehend. End of story.
Final solution, like it …
Apparently the reason this is so hard to comprehend/imagine, is that we are trying to imagine infinity with finite minds. It’s a limit of our brains’ abilities to think about it.
True that, we’re all limited … perhaps … imagination may extend further though
space extents to a point where space meets itself coming and going.
space is all about space and nothing else, because space is everything else.
Good answer !
How far does infinity go? I mean, no one has been there (at least not to our knowledge). Has anyone truly been to the edge of our galaxy, and if all things have a beginning and an end, then my questions to Nasa in particular and any other scientist are valid.
It’s a lovely thought to ponder, opens the mind …
Don, from my reading one of the current theories is of a giant multiverse, where ours is just one of many, expanding and bumping into each other. But, again, expanding into what? It seems like the more answers we have the more questions arise.
Usually the way, it’s like the kids asking why, why, why, eventually the parent says – because it is !
When I was 13 I was brushing my teeth before a mirro in the bathroom and I imagined what if there was no earth, no universe, no thing. What does “nothing” look like without all the things we see through a telescope? It kind of blew my mind. If there was a creator of all this and us, who created him? Did he have parents and siblings? But no we are not allowed to speculate on that (it’s a sign of disrespect). Meanwhile I wonder where all that matter came from and how did it get where it is.
I’ve asked similar questions.
I guess I may never know…
Awesome Lorraine … I think that’s what one’s personal imagination is for 🙂