What's the fastest space pulls apart from itself?

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Physics says no object moves faster than C. Physics allows for space itself, as the substrate for objects, to expand faster than C. My question is how much faster? 2 or 3 times C?

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Nabeshin
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I don't think there's a limit. Theoretically you could crank the dark energy "parameter" up on a hypothetical universe, and get it to expand infinitely fast.
 
Ok, but given observation isn't there a current observed limit. If I recall correctly, any two objects seperated by a distance corresponding to a redshift of z=1.6 are moving away from one another at C. So what about objects at z=7 and up?
 
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Inflation is the best example, we're talking speed that makes most science fiction look weak by comparison.
 
Chronos
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There is no effective limit on the pace of expansion. It appears to have been very rapid in the early universe. Bear in mind, however, this assumes the redshift-distance relationship is valid [which is a fairly safe assumption].
 
There is no effective limit on the pace of expansion. It appears to have been very rapid in the early universe. Bear in mind, however, this assumes the redshift-distance relationship is valid [which is a fairly safe assumption].
Chronos, what limit would you guesstimate based on current observations?
 
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1000x speed of light.
 

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