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Question #93295 posted on 11/11/2020 8:03 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Assuming the current scientific consensus is correct about the "Big Bang Theory":

How close is our solar system to the origination point of the expansion?

From wikipedia I saw this location has been called the "primeval atom". But at first glance I couldn't see any estimates for how far away from our current location that is. Or in which direction it is...

- Lost Alien


Dear Last Allen,

Assuming I understand both your question and this article by author and astrophysicist Brian Koberlein correctly—and I probably don't, because this is well outside of my area of expertise (chipmunks with fashionable hats)—the original point of the expansion is "about 47 billion light years from us today." If you're interested, I'd recommend reading that article in its entirety, called, naturally, Primeval Atom, to see if it better answers your question.

Another webpage you may find interesting: Does the universe have a centre? Is it infinite? What shape is the universe? What is it expanding into?

Hope this helps,

--Ardilla Feroz