I have a question, but I'm a neophyte so please correct my premise if it is wrong. If it is true that in an expanding universe the space between any 2 points increases than wouldn't it be true that the space between the end points of a measuring rod (e.g. a light year, or more fundamentally a meter) would increase in like proportion to the objects it is measuring (e.g. 2 stars). Therefore wouldn't the distance between 2 stars measured today (using today's rod) be the same as the distance between those same 2 stars measured in the past(using the past rod). If that were true, wouldn't it appear (disregarding doppler effects and other such phenomena) that the universe was static?