We can only see 13.7 billion years away from us in all directions. The edge of the observable universe may now be 46.5 billion light years away, but we still can't see that far currently. I thought the observable universe was only as far the light as traveled and that is only 13.7 billion years. Why are people now saying that its 46.5 billion years? The light hasn't traveled that far, its just where the edge of what we see now is 13.7 billion years ago which is 46.5 billion light years away.