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Coel's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by Coel

I may be mistaken here, but logically if we see light which originated at a certain point 13.14 Gya, wouldn't that indicate a point close to the 'center of expansion' of the universe?

There is no "center of expansion", that is a common misconception, thinking, wrongly, of the universe as expanding away from a particular location in a pre-existing, static space. Instead, the universe is the same everywhere and expands the same everywhere. Thus the Big Bang happened everywhere equally. That's easier to think about if you imagine running time backwards, with all space contracting equally, so that eventually everything ends up in the same place. That was the Big Bang.

Wed, 25 May 2011 20:37:54 UTC | #630897