OK, knowing enough astrophysics to get myself hurt, I'd like to pose the following poser that whupped me upside the head while watching the Black Hole marathon last night on the Science Channel. We have; 1) The Big Bang theory, 2) An expanding - at least, for the moment - universe, and 3) The speed of light. Now then, given #1, that would mean that, at some point in time, everything was at one specific point. So, as #2 progressed, I figure we can probably assume a general trend of all things moving - more or less - in a straight line from that point and each other, at least in the context of using an expanding balloon as an analog (on the surface of that balloon, everything is pretty much moving directly away from everything else, with proper motion in local space that would probably be absorbed by the noise). Given #3, the maximum speed at which the universe expands is pretty much set in stone. So, those points led me to the following path along Thinking Street, whereupon I am probably walking smack into various streetlamps of ignorance; Let's take a look at GRB 090423, a Gamma Ray Burst 13.035 billion ly away. As I understand current theory, the light reaching us from GRB 090423 today, was emitted by that burst 13.035 billion years ago. As the story goes, we'd be seeing what that burst looked like in the past. But, 13.035 billion years ago, GRB 090423 was not 13.035 billion ly away. It was closer, due to expansion, so that light it emitted 13.035 billion years ago had already reached the Earth. This thought caused my brain to coalesce into a rather viscous goo which then drained from my sinus passages into a particularly unpleasant slop on my desk. Do I have that right? Wasn't every object, in the past, CLOSER to the Earth, such that the light we are receiving now was already received back when the emitting object was closer? What am I overlooking?