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Subject: is the universe smaller the further we look?

Date: Sat Aug 21 17:07:34 1999
Posted by michael
Grade level: 10-12 School: none
City: windsor State/Province: ontario Country: canada
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 935269654.As

If we see an object a billion light years away it takes that light a 
billion years to reach us.  So no matter what direction we look we are 
potentially looking at the ideal point of the big bang.( ofcourse light is 
tierd out by the tramendous speed of the oldest objects, but potientially.)
 that aside,  this point is distorted and now surrounds us.  So my 
question is actually two, frist, are older objects increasingly distorted 
the further away they are from us.  And secondly isn't it a matter of 
peception, that the big bang explodes outward and space is growing between 
galaxies?  Couldn't it just aswell imploded and the galaxies shrink?
Just a thought

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