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(Slate)   My God. It really *is* full of stars   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Milky Way Galaxy, stars  
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9364 clicks; posted to Geek » on 19 Jan 2013 at 1:11 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-01-21 04:00:33 AM  

dragonchild: My interest in astronomy has lately been focused on the outliers -- rogue planets and stars located in the Milky Way's halo. This is awesome in its own way, though.

I wonder what the planets are like in there. The stars are close enough together that with a few exceptions hovering very close to the stars themselves, the galaxy's core is probably one giant pinball machine.

A very dangerous pinball machine.
  Stars orbiting the black hole at the center of our galaxy
2013-01-21 10:27:22 AM  

SevenizGud: My whole day...gone. Poof!

I had no idea my day was only 35 seconds long.

Does QA have the day off or something?
2013-01-21 05:29:12 PM  

dragonchild: Setting aside issues with the planet staying bound to its mother star, I'd say most of the night sky wouldn't look dramatically different, just brighter. The light of the Milky Way is bright enough to cast a shadow in remote areas, but it's completely washed out in the suburbs. In "dark" skies near the core your eyes would adjust; the difference being it would illuminate your surroundings much better -- you probably wouldn't need a flashlight to get around. Meanwhile, even urban areas could probably see thousand of stars, many visible even in daylight. The core might shine as bright as the full moon.

if a civilization could evolve in that chaos, they probably don't know how big the universe really is give that the local stars might wash the distant ones out much as our sun does.

Or maybe not.

Can the Hubble telescope see stars a few degrees off the Sun since there's no atmosphere to refract the sunlight?
2013-01-21 10:21:09 PM  

relaxitsjustme: [ image 355x236]

Ol' Bert, he looks like he's got hisself a really nice psychotic break going on there :D
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