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I asked a similar question a while back. I'll see if I can find the thread.
Although they are in different directions they are in some ways closer together even if they are not in exactly the same place. it is very difficult to visualise though.Remember it is space itself that is expanding with time not things moving apart like an explosion. Consider a three dimensional grid of dots each one centimetre apart extending out indefinitely in al directions. Let that represent the universe as it was a long time ago. Toming back to now after the universe has expanded a lot close to us these dots are now ten metres apart but as we look at the grid further and further away we can see dots on the grid at a great distance. looking down one of the lines into the distance and the past we would see them getting closer together like railway lines vanishing into the distance but as we are also looking into the past they ARE getting closer together and when we get back to the time when the dots were 1cm apart they ARE 1cm apart even though they are all around us.
Think of looking at remote spots in diametrically opposite directions. as we look further away we look back in time and these spots were closer together there is absolutely no reason why they can't have been much closer together than the "distance" that we are looking now because the space has grown in the time that it has taken us to see the objects by the light from them getting to us
closer to the edge of the Universe rather than the middle