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Could we ever see the big bang?

Okay so here's what I think:
Could we possibly look far enough out in space that we could actually see it happening? The Universe originated from a single point approximately 13.7 billion years ago. Now the universe is expanding cause the light from stars are in red shift. Now we have looked out pretty far but what if we able to look out beyond the 13.7 billion years? That would mean we are seeing things that were happening 13.7 billions years ago. Now would it be possible if we looked out so far that we could actually see the big bang or how the universe was created or even the beginning of time itself?

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    Oct 29 2013: Apparently we only can see back as far as 250.000 years after the big bang.
    More details here:
  • Nov 6 2013: Can we see the big band as a visible manifestation of light radiation? No, nor is there any reason to believe that such an event had radiation emissions in the visible spectrum. Photonic emissions occur from atomic matter and the matter at the instant of the big bang was sub-atomic.

    We do see, or rather detect, the big bang in the form of non-visible radiation however, such as cosmic radiation.
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    Nov 4 2013: yup, everyday! the big bang has not yet ended and when it ends it will just be another big bang :)
  • Nov 1 2013: You are not seeing the past you are seeing light that has traveled to your destination in the present.

    You are making the big assumption that light coming 20 light years away has not been effected during those 20 years... that it is still traveling in the same direction and at the same intensity and a number of other assumptions like the idea that light is the only thing to see when a star is born, that there has been no other outside influences.

    The truth is the only thing you see is present... present in your location. Everything else is just speculation and theory.
  • Oct 29 2013: Here I quote a recent article which appeared 3 days ago in the Yahoo News (edited, shortened by me):
    "You wouldn’t believe what modern telescopes can do. Professor Fumolatro/Flickr
    Last week, scientists set a new distance record, seeing a burst of gamma-rays from a star that exploded when the universe was only 520 million years old. The light from this distant source has been traveling for 13.14 billion years – more than 95% of the age of the universe.
    We might ask if, with a little more telescope effort, we can bridge this last half a billion years, and see the Big Bang itself.
    The truth is, however, that we have seen back in time as far as we ever will, and we reached this observational limit in the mid-1960s......
    Hot stuff
    Born in the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago, the universe was initially extremely hot and dense.
    In this state, it was a sea of electrons, protons and light rays flying around and vigorously bouncing off one another, effectively like a fog through which light cannot freely travel.
    The universe remained this way until it was 250,000 years old, by which time it had expanded and cooled to the point where electrons and protons could join to form the first hydrogen atoms. As a result, lights rays were free to travel unhindered through a now-transparent universe.
    This is what happens in the universe, and it is the light emerging from the high density fog of the early stages that sets the limit on how far back we can see. That is, we cannot see earlier than 250,000 years after the Big Bang.
    This light – the wavelength of which has been stretched and cooled by factors such as universal expansion – now bathes Earth as the Cosmic Microwave Background......
    How do we know so much about the very early universe – the initial seconds and minutes in which the basic elements were cooked – when this period is shrouded in the fog that existed? While we cannot see these early epochs, the laws of physics still apply and we can use them to infer the unseen."
  • Oct 29 2013: It is funny to me that people think that we can see back in time by looking further in the distance... How is that even possible. Because you see stars being formed does not mean you are seeing in the past. You are simply seeing the present at a specific location... looking at another location in the present is not the past and certainly not the future... it is the present.
    • Oct 29 2013: We don't see present, light takes time get here. If we look out 20 light years we a basically seeing 20 years in the past
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      Oct 29 2013: Matt, Nickolas is absolutely right. Even the sun as you see it is an image of the past, although it's only 8 minutes in the past.
  • Oct 29 2013: We'll never be forced to accept one or the other. We are left in complete freedom to look one way or the other. We can focus one way or the other, that's what makes us human and will never be taken away from us.
  • Oct 29 2013: Well ? ? ? The Big Bang doesn't that sort of limit it. When we talk about physics We also have to do the math to really understand. Maybe your physics ouestions need to be different to have meaning. We are talking about a model called The Big Bang and a concept called seeing. Does that help?
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    Oct 28 2013: maybe we'll see the big bang at the end of the universe and the beginning will be the end...