Re: ASTRO: Finding large cold clouds of atomic hydrogen

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Wed Jul 25 2001 - 12:19:35 MDT

Miriam English wrote:
> Here is a thought: the steady-state theory was never really satisfactorily
> disposed of. Hoyle and Gold made some small adjustments a while back and it
> actually fits pretty-much as well as the big-bang theory now.
> One of the things that caused a lot of people to discard the steady-state
> theory is the idea of atomic hydrogen spontaneously dropping into existence
> in the large voids between galaxies. Now that they are finding large cold
> clouds of atomic hydrogen in the voids... well... :-)
> I actually think the steady-state theory makes a LOT more sense than the
> entire universe popping into existence in one instant, but I am not wanting
> to argue that here.

Well, what I want to know is: if everything is a steady state, then why
is there quantum tension enough between galaxies to cause hydrogen to
pop into existence? There is expansion of course, but do the steady
staters claim the universe has been expanding FOREVER?

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