Originally posted by Paul Dirac IIIt is stretched out to the extent of the expansion of the universe, so the further back in time you go to the beginning, it can get stretched out 8 times its original wavelength so a photon at 100 nm ends up at 800 nm.
<< It is DISTANCE that is changing, not space.>>
Call me simple-minded, but it seems to me that something as small as an individual photon should not be affected by expansion of the universe. And yet, it is accepted that photons are redshifted as time goes by--and of course there is a gigantic amount of data from astronomical devices like microwave telescopes to back this up.
Originally posted by sonhouseIn the balloon-with-coins analogy, the coins are like individual galaxies. I can imagine an ant crawling on the expanding balloon, and the ant not getting stretched, just as the coins don't get stretched. If the ant is playing the role of photon, then the photon does not get stretched, eh?
... it can get stretched out 8 times its original wavelength so a photon at 100 nm ends up at 800 nm.
Originally posted by sonhouseYou would probably find this page interesting:
Now can anyone answer in simple terms why the universe as a whole does not lose energy in spite of the apparent loss of energy inherent in a stretched photon?