• Question: If the Big Bang Theory is true, and all matter was condensed into one extremely small and dense area, then what was outside of the area where all matter existed?

    Asked by ellaella to Cat, Daz, Holly, Johnson, Pamela on 22 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Cat O'Connor

      Cat O'Connor answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Oh ellaella, what are you doing to us!!??!! You’re making me spend more time think about physics that I ever wanted to, EVER! But it’s all good, i’m glad you’re asking so many interesting questions and I only wish I could provide you with an interesting and correct answer back!

      Firstly, as far as i’m aware, the Big Bang did occur. Otherwise, why would they make a tv show called after it 😉

      I think when everything went really small and dense, there was nothing else out there. So I think the answer is nothing!

      Maybe the other scientists may have something more to say on this?


    • Photo: Pamela Lithgow

      Pamela Lithgow answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Hi Ellaella,
      I will agree with Cat and say that there was nothing!!! Absolutely completely nothing! It is kind of hard to think of it but there wasn’t even space with nothing in it there was just NOTHING!
      The big bang theory is a really interesting thing to research because despite researching it for years and years they still can not come up with a theory that can explain the very first milliseconds of the universe!
      I hope that helps
      Pam 🙂

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      Darren Braddick answered on 22 Jun 2011:

      Hi Ellella

      Sorry for the late reply!

      Well yes, that is the theory, of course we just don’t know for sure, because it happened millions and millions and millions of years ago, and nobody was there to see it! Any evidence we have is limited, and usually very old and questionable. I do not at all disagree with it, but either way the science is beyond human understanding I think.

      Exactly like Cat and Pam said, it’s so hard to consider, and it is a great question. Try to also consider the fact that science believes the universe is still EXPANDING. Even now! The question is.. Does it end? Does it stop expanding, and does it begin to contract again? What is “outside’ of it??? Nobody knows.. And any ideas we have are a lot like guesses, because we really cannot prove these things easily.

      The “good” news is that all of these events are probably outside of human’s lifetime. Our sun is predicted to kinda blow up and destroy earth in several millions of years……. So maybe these things should not matter to us :).

      I wonder what you think, ellaella?

      I hope this helps answer your question a little..