Where does the Universe end? Does it have an edge? Current theories point to an ever expanding Universe. When people think about the Big Bang they envision an exploding bomb with galaxies flying off in all directions. However, this is wrong.
Einstein’s theory of general relativity states that space is malleable and it can expand, shrink, bend or fold like a rubber balloon in response to the presence of matter or energy (actually one in the same according to E=mc²).
According to Einstein’s theory, the Universe has no center.
When we observe other galaxies around us, they are all moving away from us (with some minor exceptions). The natural conclusion is that, like in times past, are the center of the Universe. In my case, this is actually true, I am the center of my universe. Unfortunately, this is the same view from any other galaxy. This means that the Milky Way is not the center of the Universe (with the exception of me, of course). This means that all points in the Universe are equidistant from one another.
So this bring us to the big question. Where does it all end? Is there an edge to the Universe? What is beyond that edge? So far, answers to those questions are elusive. Just like you can’t see past the horizon, you can’t see past the edge of the Universe. Even if we intuit that there is more past the horizon, we just can’t see it.
It may be that there are other Universes beyond our space-time continuum. Or even more strange and exotic sights and wonders we can only imagine.
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