Wondering about wild grapes

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wondering about the shape of the universe.

Have you ever wondered what our universe looks like?  I have.  I like to wonder about things like that, but sometimes it makes my brain hurt, especially about something like the universe.  We (meaning humanity) have learned a lot about the universe in the last few years, but what we know and understand is just the tip of the iceberg.  What we have are theories, not facts, about the shape and beginning of the universe.  I have heard so many different theories of how it began and I am not sure any of them are correct except maybe the one in the Bible.

The latest theory I read about is that at the start, probably caused by two branes colliding (a topic for another time), there was a rapid expansion (some jokingly labeled it the big bang and that name seemed to have stuck) and then it slowed to a almost none at all.  From that point it slowly start expanding to the point where it sped up almost exponentially.  I saw a picture in Astronomy Magazine that showed a good representation of it so I got into my AutoCAD program and reproduced it:

As you can see, at first there was rapid expansion that slowed to a steady rate but then seemed to expand wildly.  Our universe is so large now that light from one side will probably never reach the other.  There is no possible way to see the entire universe.  I would like to hear your ideas of the universe, how it started, and where it is going.  Now, I hope all is well in your universe. 


  1. It's shaped like an egg because it was laid by the giant space chicken. :)

  2. I am a simple minded man with complex thouhts about the universe and all that is in it.
    Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
    Carl Sagan

  3. I have wondered, but what blew my pea brain was that our universe might just be grain of sand on a beach of other universes. The scientist will never explain it all. So, back to the Bible.

  4. For some reason I just can't seem to get all excitis bout the universe, where we come from an' all that stuff.....it don't make no matter. The only important thing is to check the air pressure in your tires.

  5. Lots to ponder, that's for sure!

  6. Sixbears, and here we are trying to scramble it.

    Justastick, one has to have an imagination if he is to make any sense at all out of the universe.

    Trouble, I thought I just did. . .

    Jimkabob, yes, the astronomers do believe that there may be innumerable universes out there. I have trouble counting to 100 so never could count to innumerable. . .

    Billy Bob, I believe you are on the right track. Let's just worry about things we can fix and forget about the rest.

    H.J. I love to sit around and ponder stuff. But it makes me Dizzy.

  7. No Dizzy, I have never wondered about the shape of the universe.

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  9. sorry......"I have heard so many different theories of how it began and I am not sure any of them are correct except maybe the one in the Bible"......and "the scientists will never explain it all....so back to the bible..." seriously??? that's basically writing off every advancement in life-saving medicine and healthcare, technology and understanding of anyhtign that has occurred over the last 2000 years and saying - just blindly believe it whatever somebody else with little understanding of anyhthing thinks. I've no qualms with people who believe in one of the 2000 or so gods out there, but please don't bring him/her/it/they in on the whole universe thing, or anthtign sicence related for that matter. the first of the many incarnations of the stories that eventually made up the stories in new and old testaments were written by hebrew scholars around 3500 years ago. Modern optical, radio and other telescopes are able to observe light and other energy emmissions generated billions of years ago, close to the beginning of the universe. the subsequent analyses of this and other observable, tangible, quantitative data are the basis of modern theories on the origins of the universe (and any other proper scientific theory for that matter)....rather than the writings of some monks......The bible is just a collection of nice stories (actually it's often disturbing, and as to the old testament.......some of the most abhorent ideas and opinions ever to be written on paper, or animal skin....anyway...). Science hasn't found all the answers yet, but at least it's having a bloody good go at it, rather than just giving up and saying "don't worry about it, god did it". what a cop-out. The worst of it is the twisted desire many religious people have to stifle in their children the inate human instinct to discover, expand the mind and ones horizons, opinions, understanding........ makes me sick. Think for yourself, you'll feel a shed-load more fullfilled when you're about to kick the bucket....