elizabeth25

2011-Feb-09, 01:39 PM

i recently read on another forum someones view on how big the universe is. here is what it says.

''I thought if the universe is 14 billion years old....and we measured the speed of light at 186,000 miles per second! Wouldn't all we need to find out is how far light traveled in that time frame? So I looked up and found how many seconds are in a year and it came out to be 31,556,926 seconds in 1 year. I took that number and multiplied it by 14 billion to get the age of the universe in seconds and it came out to be 441,796,964,000,000,000 seconds in the universe. Now my first thought was no way...its got to be more??

But anyway I continued my math. I took that number which represents the age of the universe in second and multiplied it by the speed of light and I got this super big number 82,174,235,304,000,000,000,000 and that would be the distance light traveled sense the Big Bang in 1 direction. Then I figured all you would have to do to get the universes total Diameter only would be to multiply that number by 2. And you get the whole diameter of the universe which comes out to be 1.6438471*10 to the 23rd power. Or this very long number. 164,348,470,608,000,000,000,000 miles in the universe.''

now im not saying that this is wrong, im not very good with math to this level. but i always thought that the universe is never ending, i constantly have this argument with people i know and they say that the universe does end, and im thinking.. HOW? i dont believe that there is an edge to space. just imagine we had the ability to travel far distances, we wont go crashing into a wall, will we? :think:

''I thought if the universe is 14 billion years old....and we measured the speed of light at 186,000 miles per second! Wouldn't all we need to find out is how far light traveled in that time frame? So I looked up and found how many seconds are in a year and it came out to be 31,556,926 seconds in 1 year. I took that number and multiplied it by 14 billion to get the age of the universe in seconds and it came out to be 441,796,964,000,000,000 seconds in the universe. Now my first thought was no way...its got to be more??

But anyway I continued my math. I took that number which represents the age of the universe in second and multiplied it by the speed of light and I got this super big number 82,174,235,304,000,000,000,000 and that would be the distance light traveled sense the Big Bang in 1 direction. Then I figured all you would have to do to get the universes total Diameter only would be to multiply that number by 2. And you get the whole diameter of the universe which comes out to be 1.6438471*10 to the 23rd power. Or this very long number. 164,348,470,608,000,000,000,000 miles in the universe.''

now im not saying that this is wrong, im not very good with math to this level. but i always thought that the universe is never ending, i constantly have this argument with people i know and they say that the universe does end, and im thinking.. HOW? i dont believe that there is an edge to space. just imagine we had the ability to travel far distances, we wont go crashing into a wall, will we? :think: