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    If the universe is infinitely large, and ever expanding, is there also an infinate amount of matter or will the universe expand until all matter is so far away from each other, everything slows and thus cools, or will it then reach a "breaking point" and then collapse in upon it's self?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Presto View Post
    I've been trying to wrap my brain around this for the past half hour, and failing. MILLIONS of galaxies, so many that we cannot even begin to know them all...

    I feel kind of ...puny and insignificant?
    Those MILLIONS I was referring to was only the pictures they have in the database. There are tons more out there! I think I may have posted this here before, but speaking of feeling small and puny: the fastest traveling spacecraft that humans have made is Voyager 2. It travels at 50,000 km/hr which means it could go from NY to LA in less than four minutes. If we sent this to the nearest star besides our sun it would take 9,250 years to get there! And that's just one of the millions or billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Chew on that!

    xvart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustLikeAPill View Post
    If the universe is infinitely large, and ever expanding, is there also an infinate amount of matter or will the universe expand until all matter is so far away from each other, everything slows and thus cools, or will it then reach a "breaking point" and then collapse in upon it's self?
    If you've ever read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn you should check out his graphic story about the universe collapsing back on itself, as you mentioned, Clint. It's called The Man that Grew Young and essentially everything is backwards. You are dug out of the ground as a feeble old person and taken to a hospital to be revived by machines and then "grow" younger, eventually discovering and reuniting with your mother at "birth." It's pretty good if you like Quinn's philosophies, but I suppose that is a topic for another thread.
    "The tragedy of life is not that every man loses; but that he almost wins."

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    Man I wanna read that book, Ive always thought what it would be like if thats how it worked. Ill have to look it up, I love philosophy type things, make ya think!

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