To: Reaganwuzthebest; Physicist
If there are galaxies or other objects in space farther out than what we can now detect, objects whose light is too faint, or hasn't reached us yet, that would throw their whole discoveries out of whack, because that would mean the universe is older than what they're saying.
How so? IF there were objects further away that we can't see, how does that make the Universe older that what has been measured?
I say wait 20 or 30 more years when technology advances with even better telescopes. You'll be hearing the universe is at least a 100 billion years older or more.
I dare say that would be extraordinarily unlikely, as I'm quite sure there are observational data that place an UPPER bound on the possible age of the Universe, and that bound is much lower than 100 billion years. I wish I could remember the exact observational data that tell us this, but at the moment I can't recall what it is. Perhaps "Physicist" knows.....
If we can detect stars that are 100 billion light years away (assuming they're out there), that would mean the universe is at least 100 billion years old, since that's how long it would have taken for the light to reach us no?? Aren't they measuring the farthest white dwarf they can find to determine the age?
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