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(Washington Post)   NASA's Chandra X-Ray telescope finds the equivalent of a galactic Octomom   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 23
    More: Cool, NASA, Nadya Suleman, X-Rays, Galaxy groups and clusters, michael mcdonald, colliding galaxies  
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2012-08-15 03:08:11 PM  
5.7 Billion light years away? I thought the distance required to be interesting was 12.8 billion light years.
 
2012-08-15 03:28:16 PM  

simplicimus: 5.7 Billion light years away? I thought the distance required to be interesting was 12.8 billion light years.


Or 2.01 PNU....and it can be interesting if it's 4.5 PNU (Peter north units.)
 
2012-08-15 04:22:36 PM  
Ah but how long would it take to get there in parsecs?

Also, no picture? Do yourself a favour...Link
 
2012-08-15 04:39:23 PM  

skodabunny: Ah but how long would it take to get there in parsecs?

Also, no picture? Do yourself a favour...Link


memecreator.net
 
2012-08-15 04:53:27 PM  
it's not a clown car, sheesh.
 
2012-08-15 04:54:19 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: skodabunny: Ah but how long would it take to get there in parsecs?

Also, no picture? Do yourself a favour...Link

[memecreator.net image 400x400]


GREDO??? *nerd rage*
 
2012-08-15 05:23:02 PM  

skodabunny: Ah but how long would it take to get there in parsecs?

Also, no picture? Do yourself a favour...Link


That looks like a funky ball of teats...
 
2012-08-15 05:32:52 PM  

aspAddict: skodabunny: Ah but how long would it take to get there in parsecs?

Also, no picture? Do yourself a favour...Link

That looks like a funky ball of teats...


I was all, "wow what a picture!", but now I see if you click on 'view large image' the mini picture on the front page is revealed to be an illustration. Not that the real one isn't cool...but, well, that was a bit disingenuous, NASA.

www.nasa.gov
 
2012-08-15 07:33:15 PM  
FTFA: The unnamed galaxy - officially known by a string of letters and numbers - is about 3 trillion times the size of our sun, said study lead author Michael McDonald of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Is it just me or is that a particularly stupid statement. How about comparing apples to apples. How big is the galaxy in relation to another...oh...say..GALAXY.. like ours. The comparison they use is absolutely meaningless.
 
2012-08-15 07:42:39 PM  

Decados: FTFA: The unnamed galaxy - officially known by a string of letters and numbers - is about 3 trillion times the size of our sun, said study lead author Michael McDonald of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Is it just me or is that a particularly stupid statement. How about comparing apples to apples. How big is the galaxy in relation to another...oh...say..GALAXY.. like ours. The comparison they use is absolutely meaningless.


Do we even know how large our galaxy is?
 
2012-08-15 07:54:52 PM  

simplicimus: Decados: FTFA: The unnamed galaxy - officially known by a string of letters and numbers - is about 3 trillion times the size of our sun, said study lead author Michael McDonald of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Is it just me or is that a particularly stupid statement. How about comparing apples to apples. How big is the galaxy in relation to another...oh...say..GALAXY.. like ours. The comparison they use is absolutely meaningless.

Do we even know how large our galaxy is?


simplicimus: Decados: FTFA: The unnamed galaxy - officially known by a string of letters and numbers - is about 3 trillion times the size of our sun, said study lead author Michael McDonald of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Is it just me or is that a particularly stupid statement. How about comparing apples to apples. How big is the galaxy in relation to another...oh...say..GALAXY.. like ours. The comparison they use is absolutely meaningless.

Do we even know how large our galaxy is?


The galaxy in question is about 50x bigger than our Milky Way...the whole cluster is about 2000x bigger.
 
2012-08-15 08:19:19 PM  
TheGoodAstronomer:

simplicimus: Decados: FTFA: The unnamed galaxy - officially known by a string of letters and numbers - is about 3 trillion times the size of our sun, said study lead author Michael McDonald of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Is it just me or is that a particularly stupid statement. How about comparing apples to apples. How big is the galaxy in relation to another...oh...say..GALAXY.. like ours. The comparison they use is absolutely meaningless.

Do we even know how large our galaxy is?

The galaxy in question is about 50x bigger than our Milky Way...the whole cluster is about 2000x bigger.


OK, what's the difference between a galaxy and a cluster?:
 
2012-08-15 08:29:17 PM  
no its an eye
Link
 
2012-08-15 08:49:15 PM  

simplicimus: OK, what's the difference between a galaxy and a cluster?:


In this context, the galaxy is a collection of stars and the cluster is a collection of galaxies.
 
2012-08-15 08:55:00 PM  

Decados: simplicimus: OK, what's the difference between a galaxy and a cluster?:

In this context, the galaxy is a collection of stars and the cluster is a collection of galaxies.


So, is our little galaxy part of a cluster?
 
2012-08-15 10:22:07 PM  

simplicimus: Decados: simplicimus: OK, what's the difference between a galaxy and a cluster?:

In this context, the galaxy is a collection of stars and the cluster is a collection of galaxies.

So, is our little galaxy part of a cluster?



Yes. Originally enough, our cluster is called: "The Local Group"
 
2012-08-15 10:36:21 PM  

Sim Tree: simplicimus: Decados: simplicimus: OK, what's the difference between a galaxy and a cluster?:

In this context, the galaxy is a collection of stars and the cluster is a collection of galaxies.

So, is our little galaxy part of a cluster?


Yes. Originally enough, our cluster is called: "The Local Group"


Sounds like a bar band.
 
2012-08-15 10:42:15 PM  

simplicimus: Sim Tree: simplicimus: Decados: simplicimus: OK, what's the difference between a galaxy and a cluster?:

In this context, the galaxy is a collection of stars and the cluster is a collection of galaxies.

So, is our little galaxy part of a cluster?


Yes. Originally enough, our cluster is called: "The Local Group"

Sounds like a bar band.


Ha ha! It does!
 
2012-08-15 11:11:07 PM  
Oh, also, WTFH is this from the TFA?:

There's lots of very hot hydrogen gas between galaxies. When that gas cools to below zero, the gas can form stars, McDonald said. But only 10 percent of the gas in the universe becomes stars, Donahue said.

That's because the energy from black holes in the center of galaxies counteract the cooling



I don't believe this reporter actually interviewed any scientists. I think he just made this article up.
 
2012-08-15 11:19:57 PM  

Sim Tree: Oh, also, WTFH is this from the TFA?:

There's lots of very hot hydrogen gas between galaxies. When that gas cools to below zero, the gas can form stars, McDonald said. But only 10 percent of the gas in the universe becomes stars, Donahue said.

That's because the energy from black holes in the center of galaxies counteract the cooling


I don't believe this reporter actually interviewed any scientists. I think he just made this article up.


One would think. There is no minus Kelvin, and C and F don't work in this context.
 
2012-08-16 12:17:59 AM  
and here's Uranus

www.space-screensavers.com

really
 
2012-08-16 06:13:20 AM  

Mildot: and here's Uranus

[www.space-screensavers.com image 640x480]

really


I always wanted to name my band Uranus and the 7 Moons, or alternatively, the 7 Moons of Uranus but the chick lead singer had issues with scatalogical humor, was flat (in more ways than one). It was, however, agreed by all band members that it should be Uranus and the 7 Moons. Fortunately, that was when I discovered Leo Koettke.
 
2012-08-16 01:39:17 PM  
So does that mean NASA can now trigger Chandra's -2 and we'll have two spare galaxies?
 
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