I have read a few books aimed at beginners with an interest in the universe. It seems to be conclusive that the Universe is expanding but I do not understand why. I am in no way saying the Universe is contracting but I am asking why I am wrong or what facts am I missing. The evidence I have heard for the expansion of the universe is measuring the lightwaves between us and other stars and from that scientists determine if the sun is moving away or towards our planet. However, even with the proof of a star moving away from us, could it not be possible that the star is moving towards something. For example, I have seen an experiment using an elastic string with 5 equally spaced rings. When the string is the pulled the outside ring on the left and right move the furthest away. This was used to show how stars are speeding up showing expansion but could they not be speeding up as a result of an object being so massive and so far away that it is warping space to bring objects closer and the closer they get the faster the pull on the object becomes? I am sure I did not just prove some of the greatest minds on Earth wrong with my observations so please explain in as much detail as you could the details I am missing. Also, a few articles I read cited the Big Bang caused the expansion and I understand that but could it not be possible the expansion has ceased and is now contracting back to a point or points?