Universe is expanding faster than the speed of light

I always thought that the universe is expanding faster than the speed of light.
Am i wrong, or is that only during the proposed period of "inflation" in the early universe.
 

mathman

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Your second description is correct, i.e. speed of expansion was much greater than the speed of light during inflation.
 

Garth

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mathman said:
Your second description is correct, i.e. speed of expansion was much greater than the speed of light during inflation.
While that is correct it is also true that in a large enough universe any homogeneous expansion will mean that a region far enough away will be receeding from us at faster than the speed of light.

However this does not violate SR because it is space-time itself that is expanding, not the motion of objects within space-time, they are simply being carried along with that cosmological expansion.

Garth
 
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