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  1. Mar 11, 2017 #1
    As the Universe expands and the photons stretch to longer wavelengths (say from UV photons to the CMBR now) where has the energy gone since longer wavelength photons have less energy?
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  3. Mar 11, 2017 #2

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    It is gone.

    There is no global energy conservation in general relativity.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2017 #3
    I'm surprised it's just gone mfb.
    I was wondering if there's a type of gravitational potential it goes but for photons instead of matter.
    I suppose then that in total that's quite a bit of energy that's gone if all photons get stretched this way.
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  5. Mar 12, 2017 #4

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    Today the energy density of the radiation is negligible, but in the early universe it was relevant.
     
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