SEP 04, 2018 08:31 PM PDT

Why It's So Hard to Predict the Shape of the Universe

Astronomers still have many questions about the universe. One of those being: what is the universe’s shape?

It may seem like a simple question at first glance, but the answer is anything but. After all, astronomers can’t observe the entire universe given that it’s so large and massive.

Most models agree that the universe is either one of three things: flat like a piece of paper, positively-curved like a sphere, or negatively curved like a saddle.

Each of these shapes introduces expansion limitations, and given what we know about how our universe is expanding, a positive curvature isn’t likely. The circumstances leave us only to consider the flat and negatively-curved options.

Still, much of this ideology is theoretical. Without the ability to see the edge of the universe, it’s a question we may never know the correct answer to. We can only hope that future advancements in technology could bring us one step closer to finding out.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
AUG 07, 2018
Space & Astronomy
AUG 07, 2018
Why Does the James Webb Space Telescope Keep Getting Delayed?
The James Webb Space Telescope is set to become NASA’s latest and greatest space-based observatory, superseding the Hubble Space Telescope as the big...
SEP 05, 2018
Space & Astronomy
SEP 05, 2018
What Would We Even Do If We Found Aliens?
Space agencies like NASA and the European Space Agency are exceptionally busy searching our solar system for evidence of otherworldly life, but do we know...
SEP 10, 2018
Space & Astronomy
SEP 10, 2018
The James Webb Space Telescope May Help Astronomers Search for Alien Life
Despite an onslaught of delays that have thus far prevented NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope from being launched into space, the space observatory p...
OCT 14, 2018
Space & Astronomy
OCT 14, 2018
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory Enters Safe Mode for Unknown Reasons
A little more than a week ago, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope started exhibiting wonky gyroscope data consistent with a mechanical failure. Consequent...
OCT 15, 2018
Space & Astronomy
OCT 15, 2018
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is Back Up and Running
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was recently kicked into safe mode following a mysterious anomaly. Spacecraft engineers have been working around the...
OCT 24, 2018
Space & Astronomy
OCT 24, 2018
NASA's Parker Solar Probe Snaps a Picture of Earth
Back in August, a Delta IV Heavy rocket ignited its engines and lofted NASA’s highly-anticipated Parker Solar Probe into space. Just over one month l...
Loading Comments...