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    Non-Religious Questions About the Big Bang Theory

    I was sitting outside late tonight burning some small dried branches in a large clay Chiminea. I started the fire with some wooden matches from a cardboard box, and some paper. Once the fire had burned down to glowing embers I grabbed a handful of matches out of the box and threw them in just to see how long it would take each sulfur tip to ignite. I got a little carried away and wound up emptying the entire box. That left the box! So I tossed in the cardboard box and it ignited, burning very quickly. As a matter of fact, it seemed to burn so hot and quickly that even though the entire box was glowing red, it stayed completely intact in its’ glowing form for several seconds before black spots began to appear, and just before the box fell apart and the ashes flew out the chimney. The black charred spots apparently indicated that those parts were as burnt as they could get and had turned to ash.

    This made me think of the Big Bang Theory and the universe, and I realized that I am lacking a lot of information about that subject. The reason why I started this thread is because I am wondering if any of you have scientific knowledge about the Big Bang itself, because I have some questions and would appreciate it tremendously if any of you have the answers. Again, I am not asking these questions from a religious perspective. Purely scientific. In addition, I am not asking these questions because I already have answers in mind and I would like to debate. I don’t know the answers, nor do I have preconceived opinions about them.

    I am going to ask each question in a separate post so that you can quote a question and answer it if you are so inclined. So, if any of the 10,494 members would like to take a stab at the answers I would really appreciate this shortcut I am attempting instead of spending hours researching.

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    1. Are all the elements in the universe, not just the earth, listed on the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (Mendeleev Periodic Table)?

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    2. What shape is the universe? (Flat, round, etc.)

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    3. What did the mass consist of that exploded? Was it a combination of all those elements?

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    4. Why did it explode?

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    5. Do scientists theorize that it exploded in the center, or the edge of our known and existing universe?

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    6. Depending on the location of the explosion, is the universe expanding in a circumference from the center of that explosion? Or did the blast propel the matter all in one singular direction?

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    7. Our sun is composed of mostly Helium (He) and Hydrogen (H2). The surface of the earth is composed of mostly water, basalt, and granite. The earth’s atmosphere is composed of nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, etc. The surface of the planet Mars is composed mostly of iron rich basaltic rock. In other words, different planets have their different concentrations. My question then is…..how did the elements get clumped together that way? How did they divide that way (higher concentrations of elements in some and not in others), all coming from one source (whatever exploded)?

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    8. Is it the planet’s distance from the sun that determines its’ chemical composition?

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    9. How many Suns are there in the universe?


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    10. Why did suns, stars, etc. remain burning (surface) objects and others became “solid” like the planets? What was the process of separation if everything originated from one location?

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    11. At what point in the earth’s cooling down process did an atmosphere surrounding the earth occur? Did all the other planets develop their own atmosphere too? Is this consistent throughout the universe?

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    Have you tried googling the answers to your questions, as I think you are going to get opinions and not correct answers.

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    12. My matchbox in the fire was a glowing shape and then it began to cool and crumble, and then the ashes floated off. Where did all the ashes in the universe go? Did they all become trapped inside of each planets atmosphere and then eventually settle on the surface?

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    13. Are some places in the universe expanding faster than other places?

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