Let me preface this by saying that I know very little about astronomy, but this is a question that has been bugging me for quite a while. I've tried looking it up online and in books, but I can't find it directly addressed anwhere. My question is that if the universe began with a single point, and everything expanded outward from there with a big bang, then am I right in assuming that the expanding matter could not travel faster then light? However, if this was the case then why can't we see then entire universe? If nothing did travel faster then light, then the objects never would get beyond the distance that its light traveled in the opposite direction. I'm wondering, because I was under the belief that we can only observe a certain portion of the universe, beyond that horizon the light has not yet reached us, so every year we can see one light year farther. If the matter in the big bang didn't go faster then light, what explanation is there for this?