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Q: What's beyond space ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: What's beyond space
Category: Science > Astronomy
Asked by: cyb3rspy-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 15 Feb 2003 23:28 PST
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Question ID: 161968
What's beyond space, beyond outer-space. I want to know what is or
would be at the end/edge of space as we know it. I want your best
guess or fact if it's been discovered.
Subject: Re: What's beyond space
Answered By: jeremymiles-ga on 16 Feb 2003 13:57 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
There is a book called "Please explain" by Isaac Asimov, which is a
collection of columns answering questions sent in by readers,
originally published in the magazine "Science Digest".  One of the
questions that Asimov answers is, basically, yours.

Asimov answers that they stuff beyond the universe is so incredibly
different from what we have here, that we cannot even begin to
consider it.  He uses the example of an ant, which lives in the desert
where it has never rained.  The ant can walk a long way, and has a
large magnifying glass, which it holds up and enables it to see for
miles.  But all the ant can see is sand.

The ant cannot begin to imagine that there is stuff called "water" or
what it is like.  We are in the same situation as the ant, when it
comes to the universe.  Asimov's answer is that the only thing that we
know to be beyond the universe is "non-universe".

Whilst this isn't much of an answer, it is the best that we can do. 
Whatever is beyond the universe is very different indeed from what we
have here.  Space and time are uniquely tied together, and will not
exist in the same way outside the universe.

Physicists are arguing about the fundamental nature of matter, and
they don't agree with one another.  There are theories that propose
different numbers of dimensions of space, and different relationships
between space and time.

Here is a page that might begin to help:

Searh strategy:
superstring theory dimensions

I hope that this answers your question, if not, please feel free to
request clarification.

cyb3rspy-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Great thx for the info.

Subject: Re: What's beyond space
From: tlspiegel-ga on 16 Feb 2003 00:42 PST
Hi cybr3spy,

Hard to image what might be beyond... but here's some information
about what we do know at this time.

The Cosmic Distance Scale

"This feature will give an impression of how immense our Universe is
by employing a method used many times in "Power of 10" films - that
is, starting with an image of the Earth and then zooming out to the
furthest visible reaches of our Universe."


"Simply click below on the button that says "Begin". You will be taken
to our starting point - Earth. From there, you may zoom out to the
next stopping point on our voyage into the depths of outer space by
clicking on the "zoom out" button. Every page will give you an
opportunity to stop and learn about the objects that are located at
that particular distance via a link at the bottom of each page. Each
"Tell Me About _____!" page will have information about the image,
about the object, how far away it is, what kind of units astronomers
use when referring to distances of that magnitude (to avoid using
large numbers of zeros!), how distances to that kind of object are
determined, why these distances are important to astronomers, and how
long it would take for us to travel from Earth to that object. Often
external links are employed when they are deemed useful. Click on the
word "Back" at the bottom of the page to go back to the Distance
Scale. If you wish to zoom back to the Earth, just click on the "zoom
in" buttons.

Enjoy your journey!"

If you click through to the last page...The Farthest Visible Reaches
of Space this might give you an idea of how far away the faintest
galaxies which are seen in the Universe.

"Travel Time
At the rate of 17.3 km/sec (the rate Voyager is traveling away from
the Sun), it would take 208,800,000,000,000 years to reach this
distance. At the speed of light, it would take 12 billion years!"


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Subject: Re: What's beyond space
From: apollon-ga on 15 Apr 2003 14:27 PDT
1. If your starting point is the Earth, then there are myriad of
objects beyond the space... The nearest of them are the Moon, the Mars
the Venus, the Sun…
2. Otherwise, if your starting point is for example the Venus, then
there are the Earth (!!!) etc. beyond the space.
3. If any two objects are separated by the outer-space (domain of
vacuum), and we are located on one of them, then we may say that the
other object is beyond the space.
4. On the other, there is NOTHING real for you beyond the Universe.
You cannot reach anything that is outside this Universe. All other
Universes are absolutely IMAGINARY for you. If somebody promises you 
his help in making a trip to other Universe, don’t believe him. In the
best case he could organize some trip to remote domain of THIS
Universe. However, if you can reach it, then that is the same
Universe, not the other one. Sorry if I disappointed you.

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