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NGC 6872 galaxy - five times larger than the Milky Way galaxy

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01-15-2013, 12:50 AM
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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Size scale in the universe

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

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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

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Size scale in the universe

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The Minecraft world is the size of Neptune?!

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Size scale in the universe

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That is awesome!

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Russel's teapot is huge.

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