Post by Greg Goss Post by Whisper
Nobody knows. Some stars emigrated from other galaxies & are older than
the galaxy they inhabit.
When I was young, the universe was considered to be just over 15
billion years old. Sometime later that was revised to 13 point
something. For a while after that adjustment, there were clusters
with assigned ages older than the universe.
I finally got edumacated on a concept I'd been missing: we can see back to the
cosmic microwave background, which is 13.6 billion lightyears away (in all
directions) and is hiding the Big Bang about 400,000 ly further out. So the
universe is 13.6 billion years old (approx)... but the galaxies and phenomena
(doo du, doo doo doo) that we are seeing way out there are now, due to being
carried along by (calculated) expansion, about _46_ billion ly away from us,
which means we'll never get to see their current positions at all, due to
more expansion in the meantime. (Plus, you know, extinction/reinvention of the
species and all that.)
But that's where the "the observable universe is 'currently' 92 billion ly
across" concept I was previously unable to digest or agree with was coming from
- this update provided as a possible public service.
Dave, who has discovered PBS Space-Time youtube videos
\/David DeLaney posting thru EarthLink - "It's not the pot that grows the flower
It's not the clock that slows the hour The definition's plain for anyone to see
Love is all it takes to make a family" - R&P. VISUALIZE HAPPYNET VRbeable<BLINK>
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