Is empty space a pure vacuum?

1 Answer
Oct 24, 2016


Space isn't empty and it is not purely vacuum.


Space is never a pure vacuum. Interstellar space contains hydrogen, helium and other lighter elements. They are quite disperse but it isn't a true vacuum.

Also, due to quantum effects virtual particle/anti particle pairs get created spontaneously in a vacuum. These particles annihilate each other soon after creation.

If a region of space is near an object with mass, it will be curved in 4 dimensions. Particles will follow geodesics in space-time if not under the influence of an external force.