# Thread: Very Distant Objects And The Big Bang

1. Newbie
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I often read that we are discovering new, even more, distant objects - billions of light years away. If we see an object, or Galaxy, say 11 billion light years away, allowing us to look back to a time near the Big Bang, does that make the object &#39;close&#39; to the Big Bang, which was around 13 billion years ago?

2. JoAnn and Bob Henstra Guest
To determine an answer to your question you would first have to find the exact location of the supposed big bang, and then measure out to the most distant object from that point. Since we havn&#39;t yet seen the most distant objects and we have no idea where the "bang" happened, your question is unanswerable.

3. Actually Bob and/or Joann, that is not exactly true. It has to do with the nature of the big bang.

The expansion of the universe which we label the big bang happened all at once in all directions. Our point in the universe is as close to the big bang as any other point in the universe.

An object that is 11 billion years away is closer in time to the big bang, correlating to a time when the universe was much smaller. So the answer is yes, the object is closer to the big bang.

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