Our View of the Universe
The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.
When we look out into space, we also look back into time. Our time-warped view of the observable universe is a blend of the finite speed of light, the age of the universe, and the evolution of the universe.
Age and Size of the Universe
From the observed rate of expansion, astronomers can estimate the age of the universe. For every year, light travels one light-year across space. Hence, the farthest parts of the universe that we can see are as distant in light-years as the universe is old in years. Light from more distant regions has not had time to reach us. This distance marks the limits of the observable universe - our “cosmic horizon.
Keywords: Astrophysics, Light--Speed, Space and time, Universe