Does our universe have an exact center, or is it evenly distributed throughout the universe?

It’s a wide­spread thought the uni­verse is even­ly dis­trib­uted through­out. That’s like­ly because if our uni­verse did have a cen­ter point, that would­n’t make sense for most of our life. If that were true though, we would notice it all around us. 

What’s inter­est­ing about this ques­tion is how much it makes sense to assume the uni­verse has an exact cen­ter point or not hav­ing one at all. It real­ly depends on your own per­son­al the­o­ry. Let’s go through some exam­ples of how two the­o­ries might work out!

Theory I — The Universe has an exact center

This is a very well known the­o­ry, the big bang. It sug­gests that the uni­verse was once a sin­gle point before expand­ing out­wards. This the­o­ry also works with the idea that our uni­verse has an exact cen­ter point. Here’s how this the­o­ry could work:

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  • The Big Bang hap­pened but then released super-mas­sive amounts of radi­a­tion, unbal­anced grav­i­ty and I dun­no some­thing else. It even­tu­al­ly was able to slow the expan­sion down so fast that it’s even­ly dis­trib­uted today.
  • Due to the effects of time, we can’t see the exact cen­ter point because that would take us bil­lions of years into the future. So it’s still there just very far in the future from where we are today.

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Pros: This the­o­ry is wide­ly known and accept­ed as a fact in astro­physics (if you don’t believe me, ask Neil deGrasse Tyson). It works well with proven facts about our uni­verse as well.

Cons: It’s also very reliant on a few assump­tions, mak­ing it hard to comprehend.

Theory II — The Universe has no exact center point 

This is where things get real­ly inter­est­ing! There are many the­o­ries that do not just sim­ply accept the the big bang as truth, but base their big bangs off of oth­er the­o­ries such as infla­tion or string theory.

  • The uni­verse is all con­nect­ed through space and time. That means if one event hap­pened in the past, it will even­tu­al­ly hap­pen again in the future. When it comes to our uni­verse though, we can’t see every­thing that hap­pened before us. We only see what our uni­verse looks like now because of every­thing that came before us.
  • If our uni­verse came out of an explo­sion, we can’t see the past explo­sion because that would mean that that very explo­sion hap­pened in the future. We would have to wait until then with some form of “time travel.”

The entire Universe is not the center of everything, but rather it’s all just part of that one exact center point.

Pros: This the­o­ry is incred­i­bly unique because it’s unique to begin with. With no exact cen­ter point, our uni­verse would be a lot dif­fer­ent. It might mean we would­n’t know how the uni­verse began and will even­tu­al­ly end (hence no afterlife).

Cons: This the­o­ry is entire­ly based on assumptions.

Our opinion — Does our universe have an exact center?

In our con­tro­ver­sial opin­ion, the Earth is the cen­ter of the Uni­verse. What we mean by this is that the Earth is the only plan­et in the Uni­verse with life so far, and ours is the only star sys­tem with hab­it­able plan­ets cir­cling it. It’s in the hab­it­able zone. 

It’s just the only one with life. Com­mon sense sug­gests that extrater­res­tri­als do exist. But if there was life some­where else, they should have vis­it­ed us already. If they have not vis­it­ed us, they sim­ply do not exist. I am not uncom­fort­able claim­ing that the Earth is the cen­ter of the Uni­verse, and the rest of the cos­mos is secondary.

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And talk­ing about the cen­ter of the Uni­verse with­out being philo­soph­i­cal, whether or not the Uni­verse has a cen­ter, is a syn­onym to whether or not the Uni­verse is finite. If it’s finite, there’s a cen­ter point. If it’s infi­nite, there’s no way it can have a cen­ter. And if it’s finite, what’s beyond the Universe? 

There must be some­thing. But what? It’s not pos­si­ble to imag­ine, at least for our human brain.

Conclusion

We are choos­ing the easy way, to believe that the Uni­verse is infi­nite. The entire Uni­verse is not the cen­ter of every­thing, but rather it’s all just part of that one exact cen­ter point.

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