What is the end of the universe that is unreachable to humankind?
Kurzgesagt , a scientific YouTube channel, explains the limits of humankind in the universe.
Even with cutting-edge science and technology, or technology that will be feasible in the future, there are areas in the universe that humankind can never reach.
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Is there a place where human beings cannot reach the universe no matter how hard they try? Given that there is a limit to the reach of humankind, how large is the universe and how far can it be reached?
Looking at the night sky, it seems that there are infinite stars in the universe, but in reality the number of stars is limited, and even stars die.
The diameter of the Milky Way galaxy where the earth exists is up to 200,000 light-years ...
There are 100 to 400 billion stars in it. The Milky Way galaxy is so vast, but how many stars are born in a year is only three.
Therefore, the number of stars shining in the night sky will continue to decrease.
Not only that, it has also become clear that the universe is rapidly moving away from humankind.
galaxy group is composed of multiple galaxies existing in the range of about 10 million light years. The Milky Way galaxy belongs to the local group of galaxies .
In the universe, there are more than 50 large and small galaxies such as the Andromeda galaxy as well as the Milky Way galaxy, and the
supercluster in, also exists an infinite number in the universe this supercluster. The local group of galaxies to which the Milky Way Galaxy, where the Earth exists, belongs is in the Laniakea Supercluster .
In addition, a summary of the more than one group of galaxies is
And there are about 2 trillion galaxies that can be observed at the time of writing the article.
Unfortunately, even if humans can move at the speed of light, only 6% of the 2 trillion galaxies can be reached. 94% of the observable galaxies are already in unreachable areas.
In other words, there are many galaxies that are unreachable to humankind.
Big Bang. 10 ^ -36 seconds after the Big Bang, there are only very small bubbles of energy in the universe.
The reason why galaxies exist in the first place is related to the
In the process of inflation in the universe, energy of various sizes, from marble-sized energy to trillion-kilometer-sized energy, rapidly expands in a moment of only one trillionth of a second.
The bubbles of this energy are not perfectly uniform and some have a high density.
With the rapid expansion, small differences in energy density will be directly reflected in the distance between galaxies.
Since the entire universe is composed of low-density regions, gravity acts to attract scattered galaxies, which forms a galaxy group that brings together multiple galaxies.
On the other hand, the universe continues to expand, and this never stops. Since the galaxies that exist in the universe are not constrained by gravity, the distance between galaxy groups will increase as the universe expands.
the concept of dark energy is being created. The expansion of the universe means that there is an end in the universe. However, the expansion speed of the universe is faster than that of light, so human beings cannot observe the ends of the universe.
To make matters worse, the expansion of the universe is accelerating. The reason is unknown, so
That is why 94% of the universe that humans can observe is an unreachable area.
Why can humans observe stars in unreachable areas?
The reason is that humans see through light.
Light can move the fastest in outer space, but it still takes time to move.
The light that reaches the earth comes from all over the universe. Even if light is generated near the Milky Way galaxy ...
By the time the light reaches the earth, the source of the light may have moved from the earth to an unreachable area.
Considering the time it takes for light to reach the earth, the light that human beings observe was emitted long ago, and the stars and galaxies that emitted light are not always in the same position.
In other words, the observable universe and the universe that human beings can reach are completely different things, and the observable universe is much larger. Therefore, 'In a sense, the universe is showing us human beings'wonderful things that are out of reach',' Kurzgesagt expresses.
Since human beings are observing the ancient scenes of the universe, we have no idea what the universe is today.
Also, all of the universe outside the local group of galaxies will one day move beyond the observable territory of humankind.
In fact, as many as 60,000 stars per second are disappearing out of the observable universe of humankind.
Even so, there is still 6% of the observable space.
This observable area points to a radius of 18 billion light-years.
However, the galaxy groups that exist in this area are still moving and are thought to move away from the local group of galaxies over time. Each galaxy group is moving away at a speed of about 5 million light-years per second.
Even the Maffei galaxy group , which is the closest to the local group, is located in a position that takes 11 million years even if it moves from the local group at the speed of light.
Therefore, Kurzgesagt explains that it is no exaggeration to say that the large group of local galaxies is the largest range that human beings can reach.
This is said to correspond to an area of only 0.00000000001% of the entire universe.
As unknown forces such as dark energy continue to expand the universe, the distance between galaxies will increase, but at the same time, the number of stars existing in the observable area of human beings may increase. That is because it is predicted that the Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy will collide in billions of years.
If this collision occurs, the process of star formation may reignite for some time.
As the universe continues to expand, it is possible that eventually all galaxies will disappear from the observable universe, and it will appear as if only a new galaxy, which is a combination of the Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy, exists in the universe. There is even one.
Outer space that human beings can reach is a very small area of 0.00000000001% of the whole, but it is still large enough, and human beings have not even created technology that can move around this area without any inconvenience. Hmm. Therefore, there is no need to be pessimistic that 'the future of humankind is bleak.'