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Is the universe expanding or contracting? Is the universe expanding or contracting?
by Joseph Gatt
2019-05-20 07:49:48
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There are a lot of unknowns about the universe. First, we don't know whether the universe is finite or infinite. But let's delve directly into the question. Assuming the universe is finite, it would probably contain something along the lines of 100 billion galaxies. That's the assumption.

So would the universe expand or contract. My view on this is simple. Some corners of the universe are expanding, while other corners of the universe are contracting. That is, assume life forms at the borders between the universe and nothingness might be dynamic and need expansion, while other corners of the universe have life forms that are dying out, leading nothingness to come closer by.

univ_400But, when there are 100 billion galaxies, there are a lot of unknowns. We don't know what chemical elements a lot of the universe is made up of, we don't know how life forms emerge of die out in other parts of the universe, we don't know whether there are stars in other parts of the universe, or other life forms whose inception and demise we don't know of.

But let's assume the entire universe is made up of life forms. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is not a crowded galaxy in that there is a lot of blank or empty spaces between stars, planets and other life forms. Some galaxies could be more crowded than ours, while others could be less crowded than ours.

Let's use an analogy here. Let's suppose that our universe is like the planet earth, that the oceans are blank spaces, and that countries each represent a galaxy. That each human being or life form is a star, and that each building or mountain is a planet. Some countries contract while others expand geo-politically speaking, and some countries contract while others expand, on a much smaller scale at the geological level.

Now let's assume that the galaxies that border the universe are China, Russia, the United States, Brazil, and Australia. China went through a stable phase before expanding dramatically, before its population (the stars) started contracting but its building landscape (the planets) started expanding. Then you have Russia whose population rose before contracting. The United States has a population that keeps rising, along with Brazil. Australia's population rose dramatically in the 19th century before stabilizing, and even starting to contract.

That's what the universe would look like. Some galaxies might go through vast cycles of expansion before going through cycles of contraction, while other galaxies keep expanding while others keep contracting.

So if you assume the universe has 100 billion galaxies that would be assuming that something like 1 billion galaxies border nothingness. That is our galaxy, the Milky Way, is probably bordered by other galaxies (we don't even know that for sure) but you would have a billion galaxies bordered by nothingness. So you couldn't assume that the entire universe is expanding or contracting. Some parts of the galaxies bordering nothingness are contracting, while others are expanding.

So would the universe as a large entity overall, statistically, be expanding or contracting? As there are very few observable galaxies, we can only assume that some galaxies bordering nothingness are going through vast cycles of expansion, while others are going through vast cycles of contraction. Some see the birth of a lot of stars (they probably don't have helium stars but stars made up of other chemical components) while others are going through vast cycles of contraction.

We can only use our imagination for the rest. Optically, some galaxies might not be observable to the human eye, simply because the human eye would be blinded by such galaxies. Some galaxies could have planets made up of rock, while others might have planets made up of substances that resemble human flesh or something, and if you chop those planets down and cook them, they might taste like chicken or something. We can only use our imagination to deduct what's going on in other galaxies. Just like in your bedroom, we would always be surprised by what we found out.

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