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The Other Side of the Universe

Have you ever wondered what's on the other side of the universe? Well, there are two ways to think about that question. Either the universe ends, which means it's finite, or else it's infinite. According to Einstein, the universe is finite. However, scientist differ on which theory is correct.

You know how the universe is expanding? So there are two options. Either the universe will keep expanding forever, which means space is infinite, or else at some point the universe will stop expanding because the pull of the objects it contains will cause it to start collapsing back on itself. That's what scientists mean when they say the universe might be finite. The way to picture it is like a piece of paper that gravity causes to fold back on itself to form a sphere.

In a way, a finite universe is like a ball's surface. A ball's surface has no edge, and if you're on it, you can't reach the surface's other side. Also, the surface of a ball is two-dimensional and the universe is three-dimensional, which means you'd need a four-dimensional space to fully visualize a curved universe.

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