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What shape is the universe?

It's hard to imagine the vast nothingness of outer space having a shape, and even harder to sketch what a four-dimensional object looks like in two dimensions—but we tried.
Where is the edge of everything?
Where is the edge of everything? (Alessandro Rustighi/)

There’s no limit to the questions we’d have to answer to know where, how, or even if the universe ends. But all evidence suggests that we’re not just suspended in some free-form void: Space bends around anything with mass the way

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