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(The Verge)   No snark, just a very cool video explaining how we measure the size of our Universe   (theverge.com ) divider line
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2754 clicks; posted to Geek » on 17 Jun 2012 at 4:14 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-06-17 03:22:45 AM  
From the balls?
 
2012-06-17 04:44:53 AM  
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2012-06-17 05:07:06 AM  
Your mom eying everyone suspiciously, subby.

/no
 
2012-06-17 08:32:15 AM  
From what I hear it's a great big universe, and we're all really puny.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-06-17 08:34:33 AM  
You'll need a ladder and a ruler. Sneak into the planetarium between shows. Measure away.
 
2012-06-17 09:12:17 AM  
I already knew this since this is exactly the same way we measure the size of your mom's vagina.

// Is the word vagina too risque for Fark these days?
/// I never know what the current fad of verboten words and topics is.
 
2012-06-17 09:22:51 AM  
So, these 2 stars are talking to each other about how big the universe is.
I forget the punchline but your mother is a fat whore.
 
2012-06-17 09:27:19 AM  
And to think I thought it was a long way down the road to the chemist.
 
2012-06-17 09:53:15 AM  
No snark? Well farkit then, I come to fark for snark. If I didn't want snark, then I'd go somewhere else like... like ehowa.
 
2012-06-17 10:05:37 AM  
It's not snark; it's snooze.com.

// Running the film through the projector backwards.
 
2012-06-17 10:16:03 AM  

PanicMan: From what I hear it's a great big universe, and we're all really puny.


Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the 'Milky Way'.
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it's just three thousand light years wide.
We're thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go 'round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that's the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.

/Can I have your liver?
 
2012-06-17 10:45:40 AM  
It's a great big place ... full of nothing but space.
 
2012-06-17 12:41:04 PM  

PanicMan: From what I hear it's a great big universe, and we're all really puny.


You're right. Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
 
2012-06-17 12:47:17 PM  
The video contains Pluto as a planet in their diagram; as a result the credibility of their findings and content are now up for debate.
 
2012-06-17 01:27:42 PM  
Thanks subby!
 
2012-06-17 01:58:17 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: From the balls?


www.blogcdn.com
 
2012-06-17 03:59:44 PM  
First, you need a watch with a minute hand, a millennium hand, and an eon hand.

/when they meet, it's happy land
 
2012-06-17 04:32:18 PM  
The universe is a spheroid region 705 meters in diameter.
 
2012-06-17 05:19:13 PM  

StopLurkListen: Thanks subby!


Bitteschön ;)
 
2012-06-17 06:04:56 PM  

PanicMan: From what I hear it's a great big universe, and we're all really puny.


And it's like we're all just tiny little specks... you know, like Mickey Rooney

\I can't be the only one who got that reference. Damn.
 
2012-06-17 07:58:34 PM  

MrHappyRotter: I already knew this since this is exactly the same way we measure the size of your mom's vagina.

// Is the word vagina too risque for Fark these days?
/// I never know what the current fad of verboten words and topics is.


I suggest you don't use any words at all.
 
2012-06-17 08:01:07 PM  
The narrator has the strangest accent. Can anyone place it?
 
2012-06-17 08:18:30 PM  
Why don't you read a journal or book instead of pretending to learn from shiatty blogs and youtube videos?
 
2012-06-17 09:59:05 PM  

Nem Wan: The universe is a spheroid region 705 meters in diameter.


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-17 10:14:06 PM  
Did God send it to you? I didn't think so, then it is wrong.
 
2012-06-17 11:01:32 PM  
 
2012-06-18 03:22:29 AM  
How big is space? Depends on how you define "space" aka the universe.

Do you define it as the total amount of area which contains (matter/energy/something yet unknown)? Or do you define it as the total area in which (matter/energy/something yet unknown) could potentially exist/inhabit?

The question to the question of the latter is infinite.

The former... depends. If there was only one single point event(whatever that may turn out to be) creating all that we know, then it is at least finite given any one point in time. But can we really know that it was only a single point event?

The problem with our understanding the totality of the universe, is that the area something "could" exist in is infinite. Another event could have occurred so far away that the light from this event would never reach any part of the universe we could know of(created from the event in which matter as we know it came to exist) before this universe has (reached heat death/contracted/name your end event).
 
2012-06-18 06:22:29 AM  

Metaluna Mutant: I prefer this version


i.imgur.com

There's something hilarious about NASA using "Minecraft World" as an example metric as compared to real, actual things.

Also the Homunculus Nebula on that looks like balls.
 
2012-06-18 08:14:13 AM  

bk3k: How big is space? Depends on how you define "space" aka the universe.


Well, space is bigger than we can ever possibly measure. Once you get out to 40-billion-ish light-years, you hit the edge of our hubble volume. That's the maximum distance it is possible to detect anything at, period, because that's the farthest light could travel in the time the universe has existed.
 
2012-06-18 09:29:55 AM  
Wow her voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.
 
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