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What is our perpective, where did it start, and why can we see it?

  1. Apr 1, 2012 #1
    Everything had it's start in the "big bang". Then light began at around 400k years after. Then 9 bil years after that the first stars formed, and we now are at 14 bil years after the big bang. Correct? Everything moved at the same rate away from centre, but not faster than light? This means light past us even though the universe expanded before light was created? Does this mean that the first light expanded out in a uniform bubble from a single start point? Could you look at this as a 2D skin like a bubble that is expanding out that we can observe from the inside? If so were does that place us inside the bubble? Also I have heard that everything is moving away from us and everything is moving away from everything else. If this is true then how can we place our position is relation to a centre if there is one. Obviously we are not the centre the same as we are not the centre of our solar system or the centre of the milky way. If we have only a limited viewing distance from our point of view how can we know where the inside of the bubble is in all directions. Assuming we are not the centre.

    Edit: I just read that the Universe is expanding faster than the speed of light. Is this true? If so how is this possible? If it is true then this does answer some of my questions, but also raises many more.

    If this has been discussed before link threads. I am very new to this subject. I am sorry
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  3. Apr 1, 2012 #2


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    No, light started earlier than that, but it could not escape the plasma of the early universe. At 400K years, THEN it could escape.

    Stars formed earlier than 9B years. OUR galaxy of stars formed at about 9B years.

    There IS no center. Never has been. During inflation, stuff moved away from each other MUCH faster than the speed of light but that is NOT that they were moving that fast relative to each other IN space but rather that space itself was expanding. You should read about inflation.

    Don't have any idea what you mean here.

    NO. There IS no center. No "starting POINT". The expansion happened everywhere at once. Do not think of it as a normal explosion.

    There is no inside and outside

    It is true and there IS no center.

    There is no center

    It has all been discussed THOUSANDS of times. Do a forum search. Better still, start off by reading the FAQs in the Cosmology section.
  4. Apr 1, 2012 #3
    So the Universe has no edges, it did not expand from a single point, and we are just making observations from our position within it? If so, that explains much, and I will read about inflation. Thank you.
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    That is correct. The part we can see is called the "Observable Universe"
  7. Apr 2, 2012 #6
    I expect that was just a typo, our Solar System formed 4.5 billion years ago at a cosmic age of around 9.2 billion years, the galaxy overall is much (around 2.5 times) older.
  8. Apr 2, 2012 #7


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    Our galaxy formed not all that long after the big bang. Massive, young galaxies appear to be rare.
  9. Apr 2, 2012 #8


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    DOH ! I knew that & got myself confused. Thanks for the correction.
  10. Apr 2, 2012 #9


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    The OP should read the Balloon Analogy sticky to get a better picture of how the universe expands and of our place in it.
  11. Apr 2, 2012 #10
    I have some concerns about that, it's the last post on the thread at the moment (#238).
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