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redshift–distance relation


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A formula relating the observed redshift of an extragalactic object to its distance in the expanding Universe. For redshifts of about 0.1 or less, this relationship is linear and appears as a straight line on the Hubble diagram. The relationship does not hold for objects so close together that their mutual gravitational attraction overrides the expansion of the Universe (e.g. galaxies in a cluster). For redshifts much larger than 0.1, the relation becomes non-linear, and depends in a complicated way on cosmological parameters such as the curvature of spacetime.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.


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