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Hubble Flow: The Expanding Universe

In the 1920’s the famous American astronomer Edwin Hubble made a startling discovery that forever changed our view of the Universe. He found that, no matter which direction he looked into space, distant galaxies appeared to be moving away from us. The farther away the galaxy is from our galaxy the faster it moves away from us. What could be causing this? Does our galaxy smell bad? Not at all. Hubble was observing the expansion of the Universe. What does it mean that the Universe is expanding? Well, a simple way to think of it is to imagine baking a loaf of raisin bread. As the bread rises it also expands. All of the raisins move farther apart from one another. Every single raisin would see all of the others moving away from it. So to complete the analogy, all of the galaxies in the universe are like the raisins in the bread.

This image represents an expanding Universe. The arrows show that the movement is outward from the center. The spirals represent galaxies.
source:windows to universe

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