Glossary term: Universe

Description: Space, time, matter, energy, objects, phenomena, and laws that govern the underlying fundamental mechanisms are contained within the Universe. The Universe is often referred to as the cosmos, given that all the various aspects of the Universe come together in an "ordered" system, although there are subtle technical differences between the two terms. Universe is derived from the Latin universus. Scientists often refer to the observable Universe, to emphasize the limits of what can be observed and measured.

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