As far as humans can tell, space is infinite; it has no end or borders. Scientists believe that space will always seem infinite to humans for two reasons. First, our investigation of space has never found an edge (or any indications of an edge). Second, measurements show that space is expanding faster and faster, which pushes the edges of the universe ? if there are any ? ever farther out.Know More
Space is continuing to expand (meaning that all the galaxies are speeding away from the center of the universe) because of the Big Bang's momentum and because of a substance called dark energy. Dark energy occupies the seemingly empty parts of the universe, but it has a strong negative pressure, pushing things away from each other even faster than they would move as a result of the Big Bang. This makes it difficult for humans to measure the farthest reaches of space.
In addition, anything traveling through space ? including humans' investigative tools, techniques and measurements ? is limited to the fastest possible speed: the speed of light. Because nothing can travel faster than light, there is a limit to how far scientists can explore or understand the universe. The size of the observable universe (the part astronomers could potentially study) is approximately 45.7 billion light-years across.Learn more about Universe
In astronomy, the term "diurnal motion" refers to the movement of stars around the Earth's celestial poles due to the planet's rotation on its axis. This movement is called a diurnal circle.Full Answer >
Depending on the size of the star before it explodes as a supernova, the core of the star either shrinks back into a tiny neutron star or becomes a black hole. If the star is only a few times bigger than the sun, the core becomes a tiny neutron star. If the star is much bigger than the sun, the chances of it becoming a black hole are much greater.Full Answer >
Giant elliptical galaxies form early in the life of local galactic clusters as members of the group pass close by each other and begin to merge, according to John Dubinski for the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. In any sizable galactic cluster, some galaxies near the core of the group gravitationally interact with each other, exchange material and eventually fall together to form the core of the central elliptical giant.Full Answer >
In science, if something isn't directly observable it can't be "discovered." There is only indirect evidence of black holes. The existence of black holes has been a topic of speculation for hundreds of years, but John Wheeler is credited with coining the term, "black hole," in 1969.Full Answer >