If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Slate)   Hubble spots a record-breaking galaxy a soul-crushing 13.3 billion light years away   (slate.com) divider line 14
    More: Cool, light-years, galaxies, Hubble, Milky Way Galaxy, Hubble Space Telescope, spectrographs, gravitational lensing, Galaxy groups and clusters  
•       •       •

4540 clicks; posted to Geek » on 16 Nov 2012 at 1:06 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Funniest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Archived thread
2012-11-16 01:25:51 PM  
3 votes:
Space is big. Really 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.
2012-11-16 01:09:35 PM  
3 votes:
The light that we're seeing from it records events that happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
2012-11-16 12:50:22 PM  
3 votes:
The light we see from it started on its way when the universe itself was only 420 million years old.


Awww, they're so cute at that age.
2012-11-16 07:17:04 PM  
2 votes:

busy chillin': sp86: busy chillin':
Okay, thanks...so my first impression was correct. But then of course this galaxy might no longer exist, but we are still seeing the light, right? But I guess that is neither here nor there.


I love thinking about the edge of the universe...it makes no sense. how can it end? and even if it stops having galaxies and stars there is still dark matter with sub atomic particles. forever. and ever.

it can't end. even if there is nothing there, there is still quarks at the subatomic level. Nothingness is impossible. and if it does end, what is beyond that edge?

/probably should have quit while I was tied


Option 1:
If you go past the outer reaches of known space, there is nothing. No further atomic rendering is completed. You have to reboot the matrix. This is colloquially known as a 'big bang'.

Option 2:
It is round. Just how humans thought the earth was flat, and then infinite, before acquiring the technology to see the truth. At the center of each galaxy is a black hole, which causes the gravitational pull against nearby celestial bodies. These holes are portals to other locations within the expanding spherical universe; shortcuts, effectively. Unfortunately, the longer it takes humans to discover FTL tech, the infinitely larger the sphere grows. However, once you circumnavigate the universe, you gain +1 to naval unit movement.

Option 3:
Our universe is one of an infinite number of universes that are attached in a dodecahedral tessellation, like a honeycomb. Each new universe is created when the individual honeycombs can no longer hold the quantity of energy contained within (e.g. time travel). When that occurs, they divide, like a cell, creating universes that are exact duplicates of each other, but move forward in time independently of each other. Each additional 'cell' adds to the honeycomb, growing in perpetuity. Thus, you have a potentially infinite number of universes that represent infinite number of historical periods and their resulting actions. 

Option 4:
The universe is actually just some dude's brain. Link

Option 5:
The universe is a meticulously crafted finite space because God.
2012-11-16 01:11:48 PM  
2 votes:
Nothing really goes happens out there. God is busy helping some guy score a touchdown here on Earth.
2012-11-17 02:24:00 PM  
1 votes:

Quantum Apostrophe: RedVentrue: Time get's weird near the edge of the universe.

Apostrophes are weird right here.


Well, to be fair, you are by far the weirdest apostrophe I've ever encountered.
2012-11-17 10:48:54 AM  
1 votes:

tanman1975: ArcadianRefugee: tanman1975: moos: What's soul crushing about it, sensationalistmitter?

we live in a fish tank and will never explore any of that

I may never go to Japan but you don't see me getting all Emo about it.

Does that make you enlightened or domesticated?


Just poor.
2012-11-17 08:53:36 AM  
1 votes:

MatrixOutsider: simplicimus: Uzzah: I want to go to there.

It was there, 13.3 billion years ago. Don't have any idea what's there now.

God lives there. And he needs a starship.


kunochan.com
2012-11-17 07:27:35 AM  
1 votes:

RedVentrue: Time get's weird near the edge of the universe.


Apostrophes are weird right here.
2012-11-16 08:37:15 PM  
1 votes:

busy chillin': it can't end. even if there is nothing there, there is still quarks at the subatomic level. Nothingness is impossible. and if it does end, what is beyond that edge?


img528.imageshack.us
Bf+
2012-11-16 05:04:49 PM  
1 votes:
noiselesschatter.com
Approves
2012-11-16 04:11:16 PM  
1 votes:

Diogenes Teufelsdrockh: StopLurkListen: Gah. A science article from Slate? Gimme a break. FoxNews has better science reporting.

Oh wait, it's Phil Plait. I take that back.

Darn it! I got tricked into clicking one of his links. Man, that guy is annoying and sucks the brain tickling wonder right out of astronomy. Hasn't gotten any better, it seems.

almandot: probably just some dead hot pixels on their sensor. =PP

FTFY.

Right down near the noise floor, just a few pixels wide and all after gravitational lensing to enhance it. Just imagine what might be found with better tech? I'm rooting for the James Webb Space Telescope and keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't end up a smoldering ruin at the bottom of a failed rocket launch or budget cut.


Wow, so much fun with this comment!

First, it was observed using Hubble and Spitzer, so it's not a hot pixel. Second, they use techniques to minimize that sort of thing - look up "dithering". Third, you don't know what the signal-to-noise is since the paper hasn't been published yet. But it sounds like you can win a million bucks from Randi.

Fourth, assume I just make some "your mom" just here about your personal comment.
2012-11-16 03:10:05 PM  
1 votes:

simplicimus: Uzzah: I want to go to there.

It was there, 13.3 billion years ago. Don't have any idea what's there now.



A Starbucks and a Kinkos. They were gonna put in a Jamba Juice, but the deal fell through.
2012-11-16 01:55:24 PM  
1 votes:
And crawling on the planet's face
Some insects called the human race
Lost in time, lost in space
And meaning.
 
Displayed 14 of 14 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report