Has the universe expanded faster than the speed of light?

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Peter Conway  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
If the universe is 95 billion light years across and has only had 13.7 billion years to get that big, does that mean that it has been expanding  faster than the speed of light and that object at opposite 'edges' of the universe are receding from each other faster than the speed of light too?
 
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Has the universe expanded faster than the speed of light?
« Reply #1 on: 15/11/2010 09:09:02 »
It's called inflation theory, and in theory, it is believed to have occurred. Until a hypothetical particle called the Inflaton is found, I'm afraid it remains a theory rather than an empiracle fact.