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  1. Hubble's law, Hubble law(noun)

    (astronomy) the generalization that the speed of recession of distant galaxies (the red shift) is proportional to their distance from the observer

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  1. Hubble's law

    Hubble's law is the name for the theory in physical cosmology that: all objects observed in deep space are found to have a Doppler shift observable relative velocity to Earth, and to each other; and that this Doppler-shift-measured velocity, of various galaxies receding from the Earth, is proportional to their distance from the Earth and all other interstellar bodies. In effect, the space-time volume of the observable universe is expanding and Hubble's law is the direct physical observation of this process. The motion of astronomical objects due solely to this expansion is known as the Hubble flow. Hubble's law is considered the first observational basis for the expanding space paradigm and today serves as one of the pieces of evidence most often cited in support of the Big Bang model. Although widely attributed to Edwin Hubble, the law was first derived from the General Relativity equations by Georges Lemaître in a 1927 article where he proposed that the Universe is expanding and suggested an estimated value of the rate of expansion, now called the Hubble constant. Two years later Edwin Hubble confirmed the existence of that law and determined a more accurate value for the constant that now bears his name. The recession velocity of the objects was inferred from their redshifts, many measured earlier by Vesto Slipher and related to velocity by him.−119

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