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Hubble's Law, a cornerstone of cosmological theory, posits a universe in continuous expansion, revealing the velocity at which distant galaxies recede from us. This relationship is encapsulated in the straightforward yet profound equation \(v = H_0 \times d\), where \(v\) is the galaxy's velocity away from us, \(H_0\) represents the Hubble constant, and \(d\) signifies the galaxy's distance. By exploring this law, we gain insights into the universe's dynamic nature, underscoring its perpetual growth and the accelerating pace of this expansion.
Historical Background
The law is named after Edwin Hubble, who, in the 1920s, provided the observational basis for understanding our universe's expanding nature. Through his work, Hubble demonstrated that galaxies are moving away from us, with their velocity proportional to their distance—a discovery that profoundly changed our understanding of the cosmos.
Calculation Formula
Hubble's Law is elegantly simple, described by the formula:
\[ v = H_0 \times d \]
 \(v\) is the galaxy's velocity (km/s),
 \(H_0\) is the Hubble constant (km/s/Mpc),
 \(d\) is the distance to the galaxy (Mpc).
Example Calculation
For a galaxy 100 Mpc away, using a Hubble constant of 67.4 km/s/Mpc, the velocity is:
\[ v = 67.4 \times 100 = 6740 \text{ km/s} \]
Importance and Usage Scenarios
Hubble's Law is fundamental in cosmology for estimating the universe's age, understanding its expansion rate, and studying distant galaxies. It supports the Big Bang theory, offering a method to trace the universe's expansion back to its origin.
Common FAQs

What is the Hubble constant?
 The Hubble constant (\(H_0\)) describes the rate of expansion of the universe, indicating the velocity at which galaxies recede per unit of distance.

How does Hubble's Law affirm the universe is expanding?
 It shows that galaxies farther away move faster, suggesting that the universe has been expanding since the Big Bang.

Can Hubble's Law predict the future state of the universe?
 While it provides insights into the expansion rate, predicting the future state also requires understanding dark energy and the universe's overall massenergy content.
By incorporating Hubble's Law into our cosmological models, we not only elucidate the universe's grand scale but also embrace a framework for pondering its past and future trajectory.