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LadyStanley 01-15-2013 01:50 AM

NGC 6872 galaxy - five times larger than the Milky Way galaxy
 
http://news.discovery.com/space/gala...mkcpgn=rssnws1

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As far as spiral galaxies go, the Milky Way is a relative pipsqueak, especially when compared to one known as NGC 6872, a barred spiral galaxy located some 212 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pavo.

Spanning 522,000 light-years from end to end — roughly five times larger than the Milky Way — NGC 6872 has been crowned the king of spiral galaxies, based on an analysis of data gathered by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer telescope.

No Fun Shogun 01-15-2013 12:00 PM

Impressive, though it's got nothing on IC 1101:

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The galaxy has a diameter of approximately 6 million light years, which makes it currently (as of 2012) the largest known galaxy in terms of breadth. It is the central galaxy of a massive cluster containing a mass (mostly dark matter) of roughly 100 trillion stars. Being more than 50 times the size of the Milky Way and 2000 times as massive, if it were in place of our galaxy, it would swallow up the Large Magellanic Cloud, Small Magellanic Cloud, Andromeda Galaxy, and Triangulum Galaxy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC_1101

xX Hot Fuss 01-16-2013 12:10 PM

I wish i could appreciate exactly how big things like this are

Leafsdude7 01-16-2013 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by xX Hot Fuss (Post 57674861)
I wish i could appreciate exactly how big things like this are

Agreed. I also wish I could appreciate how long 13.7 billion years is. Oh well.

RobBrown4PM 01-18-2013 02:37 AM

I think it's almost impossible for us as humans to truly come to terms on how fraking small we are on this micrograin of sand in this desert known as the universe.

Puck 01-18-2013 09:33 AM

Size scale in the universe

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html

LadyStanley 01-18-2013 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by No Fun Shogun (Post 57624807)
Impressive, though it's got nothing on IC 1101:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IC_1101

Which has nothing on... http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1321267

worstfaceoffmanever 01-24-2013 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Puck (Post 57779475)
Size scale in the universe

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html

The Minecraft world is the size of Neptune?! :amazed:

itsjustsurvival 01-24-2013 09:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Puck (Post 57779475)
Size scale in the universe

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html

That is awesome!

Leafsdude7 01-25-2013 12:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Puck (Post 57779475)
Size scale in the universe

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html

Russel's teapot is huge. :sarcasm: :laugh:


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