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Name: David M.
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Age: 60s
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Date: 2001-2002

It is my understanding scientists think that the red shift is due to the stretching of space or the expansion of the universe. Is this stretching caused by anything? Does it take energy of some kind to accomplish this? If so, where is the energy coming from?

The red shift is not due to the stretching of space or the expansion of the universe directly. Rather it is due to the Doppler shift, which says that the wavelength of any source of the wave increases as the source recedes and decreases as the distance of the source becomes closer. This is a common phenomenon of all waves, acoustic and electromagnetic, and does not require any energy input to accomplish this.

Vince Calder

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