By which I mean; if we see a galaxy at a distance of 1 billion light years, then we see that galaxy as, and where, it was 1 billion years ago. This is something that I presume no-one would disagree with. If there should be a galaxy situated at the same distance from us, but in the opposite direction it can be said that 1 billion years ago, these two galaxies were 2 billion light years apart. Equally, two similarly configured galaxies that are each 5 billion light years distant from us, were 10 billion light years apart, 5 billion years ago. The Hubble Space Telescope can now see some 12 billion light years of distance in most, though not quite all, directions. This can only mean that 12 billion years ago the, (visible to us), universe was not a small expanding cluster of newly formed, post radiant matter, but was instead, vast, with a 24 billion light year spread. This is not wishful thinking, day-dreaming or imagination. The evidence can be seen, quite literally, all around us. In short, the further back in time that we look, via distance, the larger the universe becomes.The universe is said to have been little more than a speck 13.7 billion years ago, therefore, if the universe is still expanding, to look back in time should be to see a smaller universe. Why then, is that which can be seen, completely ignored?