posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 09:34 AM
Omniscient, you are right, if we see things that are over 60 billion light years away then the Universe would have to be way older than 12 billion
From my knowledge the visible Universe only spans 15 billion light years.
The scientists who have calculated that the Universe is 12 billion years old, arrived to that number by observing the expansion of the Universe. To
make up the difference of the 3 billion years, I would have to guess that they figure that at one time the Universe was expanding faster than the
speed of light. This would be possible since the big bang would of produces such amounts of energy. Think E=mc2, multiply the mass you have by the
speed of light, squared. If before the Big Bang there was just a singularity of mass, then the big bang would of produced an amazing amount of energy.
The mass would of had to be traveling twice the speed of light to form that energy.
My head hurts now, I'm going back to bed