Author Topic: Size  (Read 2129 times)

Online Munch

Size
« on: June 08, 2017, 08:19:58 PM »
Since I was a kid, I was always fascinated by things being the biggest of their kind, the biggest gemstone, the biggest man made structure, the biggest planet in our solar system, the biggest insect, so on. Back then there wasn't the wellspring of information we have at ease now, but something about looking into the largest structures in the universe always fills me with a sense of awe just thinking about it.



This is earth as roughly compared to the size of the sun, however, taking that into account, it puts the largest discovered star in comparison, VY canis majoris, at a mass thats just beyond belief.

 

obviously this is based on theory, so not an exact science, but a lot of research goes into determining the quantity of mass times distance when observing stars, so I can believe there are stars to this size out their in the universe.

And then we have examples of the largest recorded galaxy, IC 1101.



theres something so majestic about a galaxy that size when compared to ours, but one to massive it no longer produces new stars, like an aging creature floating along in its twilight years.

 
'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' - George Carlin

Offline aitm

Re: Size
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2017, 08:23:57 PM »
I thought I read somewhere that nearly our entire galaxy can fit inside of that sun.
A humans desire to live is exceeded only by their willingness to die for another. Even god cannot equal this magnificent sacrifice. No god has the right to judge them.-first tenant of the Panotheust

Offline PopeyesPappy

Re: Size
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2017, 10:02:12 PM »
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I thought I read somewhere that nearly our entire galaxy can fit inside of that sun.

Only out to Jupiter.
Save a life. Adopt a Greyhound.


Offline SGOS

Re: Size
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 09:32:38 AM »
It's hard to comprehend that kind of size.

Offline Baruch

Re: Size
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 12:36:22 PM »
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
It's hard to comprehend that kind of size.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ... "It is big, really big"
πŽπŽœπŽœπŽŸπŽŒπŽ€πŽπŽŽπŽ€πŽ€πŽšπŽ€πŽŸπŽπŽœπŽœπŽŸπŽπŽ€πŽπŽ‰πŽ€πŽ€πŽšπŽ€
luu shalmaata luu balt’aata
May you be well, may you be healthy

Offline trdsf

Re: Size
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2017, 01:09:56 PM »
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
"My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total, and I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution." -- Barbara Jordan

Re: Size
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2017, 05:08:22 PM »
And then there's Laniakea, our home supercluster - the largest coherent structure in the known universe:


You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
"Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions."  Jerry Falwell
"Who says lying doesn't get you anywhere? Look at the success of Christianity!"  C. Spellman
"There is a sucker born-again every minute."  C. Spellman

Re: Size
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2017, 05:14:45 PM »
Also, I heard today on science Friday about a new technique for measuring the mass of single stars - using Einstein's general theory of relativity:

You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
"Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions."  Jerry Falwell
"Who says lying doesn't get you anywhere? Look at the success of Christianity!"  C. Spellman
"There is a sucker born-again every minute."  C. Spellman

Offline Cavebear

Re: Size
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017, 04:21:21 AM »
You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login
I thought I read somewhere that nearly our entire galaxy can fit inside of that sun.

A star that size is almost so vague at the surface it almost doesn't have one.
Atheist born, atheist bred.  And when I die, atheist dead!

 

SMF spam blocked by CleanTalk