DB....here is a link from wiki on the issue of a accelerating expanding universe,,,,,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerating_universe
Two scientists just received the nobel peace prize in realation to this. It was firstly observed in 1998 but has been now confirmed by various form.
Yes it does in some manner seem to contradict Einstein. The finding now of particles that exceed the speed of light also thought by Einstein impossilbe offer contradictions as well.
It remains true neverthless the universe is accelerating away apart more and more rapidly....fact as much as fact can be known. Dark matter has been theorized as causitive factor but that is still theory.... not considered fact as it is not directly observable presently.
Around three billion years,some say seven or so, has some estimates on when we collide with another galaxy. Some billion or so years later may be the point at which atoms actually start to devolve apart is what I have heard, but I would guess that is very very far from known being mainly conjuctural and varying significantly. 22 billion has been used in a theoretic model of this.This is called the big rip.
Earth is done over finished just a matter of time. Impending galaxy collision being first. Things continue as they do and in all likelyhood the theists or others of religion will declare it verboton, in certain areas of the world by government to be known of... by my guess.
This simply devolves certain ways of thinking of things and is quite quite revolutionary in its implications....imagine shortly a known time when we know with relative certainity the earth all things in our universe will come apart. No going to another planet or galaxy none of that....atoms pulled apart all.
Give it time but that time is upon us.
Not all but all constituted as we are of these particularly charged particles of matter...not antimatter and their universes their galaxies if so they do exist, I'd guess.
Or places comprised of other matter perhaps like dark matter unknown by us as we cannot perceive it.
Space we assume empty but it is not by my take. If force energy may be perceived we may not call such a thing empty.the force of the expansion dark matter or not indicates a presence of a thing. That thing exerting things apart. If somewhere in space is any object that space is not empty.
We may perceive it as empty as we if we could survive such a expansion could view that place we would see nothing else at all...but our perceptive ability is very limited, in all likelyhood dark matter will constitute empty space, empty to us as in nonperceivable but filled to the brim with it. dark energy, hence not empty. Lack of ability to perceive a thing does not infer it is not there.
In a conceptual format I agree with the similiarities of these things mentioned.
We are a microcosom of things as we must be, I see that as buddhist thought but keep in mind this is only of things of our sort we are this microvision.
Dark matter energy we are not of these things but affected by these. Perhaps antimatter is the same.
Space it is not that is expanding. Universe it is that is expanding and accelerating, this measured by the relative positions of galaxies one to another.
Universe I would personally call...what is known or reasonably theorized to exist as form/energy.
Space then considered all or that in which a universe may reside. A perhaps conceptual issue only as energy may be all, just we perceive it as this and that.
But conceptually it enables us to pursue a thing such as measurement of a universe. Comparing perhaps we are only known energy to unknown energy perceived as empty...again to my opinion all filled to the brim, so all measurable by relationship of gradients of energy.
It is true there is not a place to be ultimately, but also true is that relationship of energy indicates or relates to us as acceleration or deceleration, in a scale of observation. That things are perceived empty does not indicate they may not accelerate nor decelerate. A atom for instance my indicate a frame of reference by which a thing may be ascertained to be in relationship to. It does all remain relative as all is measured, and but measurement... but that does not infer acceleration in this relative fashion is not occuring.
In a ultimate fashion filled to the brim is space with all by that necessity relationship. But filled to the brim things of varying contribution may have within that filling, individual items moving apart or closer to in a accelerating fashion.
It is true this is all relative to what we know to be there. Space is a lake of ultimate demensions of which we the fish see only other fish and not the prime mover the water. So it is not space as we think it.
"This order considers that progress can be achieved more rapidly during a single month of self-transformation through terrifying conditions in rough terrain and in "the abode of harmful forces" than through meditating for a period of three years in towns and monasteries"....Takpo Tashi Namgyal.