The Universe and Infinity

I  stress that I am in no way a space-science geek! But since childhood, fascinated by the various theories and continued discoveries.

The Universe (if there is just one and no parallel entities) started with the ‘Big Bang’ circa 15billion light-years ago and expanded at the speed of light; 186,600 miles per second (circa 300,00 km per second.

We observe the night sky full of stars and myriad galaxies including the Milky Way, where our solar system is on the edge of one of the ‘spirals’; seemingly insignificant considering the number of galaxies in the Universe.

I have a number of questions that are either simple to address or prompt escalating curiosity.

When the Big Bang happened, obviously there could not (or may not?) have been any space around it as the vast ‘explosion’ created ‘space’ itself. At least in theory.

What was ‘behind or in front or around that ‘space’? Was another side visible to Earth during the following billions of years?

Was actual space pushed out by the Big Bang? But what if anything was there before?  Challenging to imagine a microscopic or even invisible force setting off the Big Bang.

The Big Bang commenced via zero content. A microscopic dot, with no space around it. Or was there already space around it?

But who or what pressed the button? Some form of divinity or pure science.

As the stars and galaxies formed from the Big Bang and expanded, had they the space to expand into, and space around them?

Like a ripple in a calm lake when a pebble is thrown in.

We view stars that originated from the Big Bang and were created by collisions and more as the Universe expanded following the Big Bang.

We view stars and galaxies ‘in front of us’ as the Earth turns around on its axis and moves around the sun every 365 days.

Stars and galaxies that  ‘exploded’ from the Big Bang went in another direction?  An opposite direction? From the center of a pond, the distance from one side to the other would be greater.

After all, it is normal for example, for a round object if exploded, to blow its contents in all directions.

Would stars on the other side be viewed as more than circa 14 billion years away?

The ripple on the lake created by a pebble would have a greater distance from one far side to another.

Should this be the case, could there be a vast portion of ‘space’ filled with stars never seen; their light ‘flying’ in an opposite direction; across the pond (not the USA in this case!)

Also, infinity. A startling thought. Should the Starship Enterprise aim for the ‘end’ of the Universe or experience closure similar to the inside of a giant balloon? Expanding but not possible to breach.

Imagining the Universe as an expanding balloon, are stars on one side visible to Earth, 14 billion light years away? Does the whole Universe rotate? If so, what would it rotate in?

Time, speed and distance are combined as one entity.  And also gravity. Hence black hole stars. Gravity must have been overcome at the moment of the Big Bang.

Should the Universe have been created or happened circa 14 billion light-years ago. By what measurement? Are stars still departing from the ‘center’ of the Bing Bang entity?

The mystery of the Universe, parallel Universes, or multiverses will always be with us.

Should it be expanding what is it expanding into?

We talk of infinity, but can infinity literally have no end, if so, what is it contained in?

Come on Space and Science gurus! Any answers would be welcome!


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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  1. Hello Charlotte,

    I am quite taken aback (in a positive sense) of your comments relating to my essay.

    Christopher’s comments are also in synergy your view of the Universe. I also appreciate the exchanges of Robert Langdon and Patrick McKenna.

    A couple of lines the book by Sadhguru, visionary mystic and yogi. Inner Engineering. New York Times Best Seller.

    This quote is in the chapter ‘Knowing Without Thought.’

    ‘What a tragic choice people so often end up making – choosing the finiteness of the human brain over a universe of infinite knowing.’

    Thank you Charlotte, so much..

  2. Great questions to ponder, Simon. It’s interesting to note the view from outside, the interpretation of ‘what is’ from the external perceptions of it. I have a different perspective and wonder if the ‘big bang’ was a reality or just a convenient explanation for an unknown and inexplicable activity.

    I had deep questions early on and you might have noticed other posts where I mention that and my prayer to know truth with a willingness to die for it if necessary ( Wow, what an initial plunge and continued journey it has been and still is today. Just this last year I came across a memoir that edified my understanding to a great degree, though I hadn’t been able to articulate it in such a way. It was a memoir of a scientist in charge of Canada’s UFO investigation, Project Magnet, in the 1950s. You’ll see why it was so intriguing: There’s something to say about the ‘nothingness.’

    Way back in 1989 I was granted passage across the universe. Well, I was escorted actually. I’d been questioning the ubiquity of the trinity fractal across religions and science. Why? What was the significance and where would the question lead? Granted, most folks don’t believe in the inner planes of consciousness, let alone our ability to travel them. Long story short (, I was introduced to three spheres of light that took one voice and said to me, ‘We are not only your forefathers, we are also the forefathers of your solar system.” Now what? I had even more questions and my escort simply said, ‘You’ve got all you need. You’ll figure it out,’ and back we came. btw, it was an 8 minute journey both ways. I found a reference to the ‘speed of thought’ in the Urantia Book; 841 trillion miles per second.

    What I understood shortly was that the electron, proton and neutron are the micro version, the space in between (nothingness) holding the consciousness of natural order. What didn’t make sense was the hydrogen atom being bereft of an electron and how did it fit in? Well, a broad stroke offered a few more curious notions. Hydrogen is the most plentiful gas in the universe, powers the sun and is the bonding agent for our DNA helix. Is there a thread of connection between them and what might it be? Could consciousness be transmitted into form, from the nothingness, through hydrogen?

    The notion that everything is connected and we have a ‘perfected form, fit and function in the world’ offers consideration of both genetic and ‘soular’ (frequency) of the synergy of our non-local mind, genetic material, actual brain function and transceiver-ship of the body. I already know it’s malleable from out of body experiences, bi-location events and one moment where I actually teleported across a friend’s house in the wee hours of the morning, stepping out of my bedroom and wishing I was in front of the bathroom which was on the other side of the house, perhaps 50 feet away. Really weird opportunities to reflect upon and realize our capabilities beyond our belief systems.

    Alas, your article prompted some deep recognition of similar questions and contemplations. I trust you’ll enjoy following the breadcrumbs.

    With warm regards,

  3. I was truly captivated by this essay. It is thought provoking, inspires others to consider the wonders around us, but in truth a really good read. Sadly, I am no technologist, scientist, Astronomer or Astro physician, but like Simon I have always wondered about the creation of the galaxies, space, our planet and all the others. So many intangibles, questions that generate questions and I confess I usually end up looking down a black hole. What I really want to say is writing like this is what Bizcatalyst is all about. Simon introduced me to “Free Writing”, I confess I started but stalled a little. It’s this sort of creative writing and thinking that encourages people like me to pick up the pen again. Thank you Simon.

    • Chris, Thank you so much for the generosity of your comments.
      Your words took me on a journey encompassing the Universe and everything that is fantasy……or indeed reality.

      I am indeed honored should that your written prowess has enlivened. BizCatalyst36O friends will welcome you with such enthusiasm. And Dennis Pitocco recognises talent and creativity.
      Thank you, Chris

      Thank you again, my friend.

    • Thank you, Christopher, for drawing attention to how this is not a classic “five paragraph essay” because it doesn’t offer any answers, arguments pro or con, explanations, or anything that closes the back door (for lack of better words.)

      In that way, Simon, your piece and the subject are in beautiful harmony: infinite.

      Let me quote from my favorite absolutely non-scientific source when it comes to this (tangential) subject:
      Robert Langdon : I’m an academic. My mind tells me I will never… understand God.
      Camerlengo Patrick McKenna : And your heart?
      Robert Langdon : Tells me I’m not meant to.