Once there was a thing called a singularity.
It was all alone somewhere.
Then, for reasons only to be surmised the singularity went infinite, or nearly so.
Almost immediately stuff started sublimating out of whatever it was that the singularity became after going infinite - or nearly so.
And it's still sublimating: atoms, molecules dust and galaxies to name some of the fairly prominent stuff that we know about; there's probably a lot of other stuff that we don't know about.
Recently the United States placed a telescope in an orbit that keeps it in synch with the earth as the earth goes around the sun; that orbit is a million miles from earth; that telescope has started sending back pictures of stuff.
I have seen some of those pictures and heard a lot more analyses than I have seen pictures and it is all mind boggling.
But I need to know where things are, so here come the questions.
First question: where is the "there" once occupied by the singularity?
I assume that wherever that there was it still is - there.
That assumption drives some interesting possible corollaries.
Add the assumption that the rules of solid geometry are in effect, and you get there being at the center of an unbelievably swiftly expanding sphere of - something - that something sloughing off (sublimating) stuff in a crazy 360-degree circular three-dimensional pattern.
Next question: Where is "here" for us?
Building on the corollary, above, we must be somewhere less than halfway from where the singularity started because we think the earth is about four billion years old and we think the outer edge of all of this is about 14 billion years old.
Or at least I think I have heard that.
Since that new telescope is only a million miles away from us then it is also in that here.
Which leads to the next question: Where is the telescope pointing?
Is it pointing back at there, or out at nowhere, or just at somewhere or rotating wildly at everywhere?
I keep hearing that those first images show the universe in a very early stage. For me to know what that means I need to know where the telescope is pointing.
Even if I knew that I still have a big problem. Making the assumption that it is ok to say that where the singularity once was - the happened long, long ago thing - is the oldest and that where the happening right now thing is the newest, it would seem that those images should be coming from wherever there is; but I don't think that's what is happening; I think those images are from where it's happening now at the edge of nowhere.
And if that is true, I have another problem.
I would think that the time it would take for the light from the edge of nowhere back to us at here would be only the net difference of how old we are and how old (how can you be old when you just happened?) the things just happening are, and the total time to that, since the singularity went infinite, or nearly so is almost 14 billion years; that would be 10 billion years, give or take; or alternately, if I am mistaken, and the telescope is pointed at there, then the net time difference should be 0 minus 4 or 4 or so billion years; but apparently it doesn't work that way.
And either way, I would think that one needs to disregard the transit time of light because just because that 186 thousand miles per second is slug slow in a really big place, that shouldn't cancel the logic of that was then and this is now.
A few final questions come to mind.
Is the singularity driven phenomenon of which we are a part a one-time thing, or is it a recurring iteration in which some future outer limit rule of expansion causes the whole thing collapse back into a singularity again and start all over?
If "our" singularity is ever expanding, what is it expanding into? Is there unlimited parking space out there or does whatever it is that the singularity is doing create parking space as it's doing it?
Is "our" singularity the only one or is there another, or are there a few, or are there limitless parallel singularities doing their schtick everywhere?
And do they ever get in each other's way?