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(Slate)   That fake picture showing what the Andromeda Galaxy would like if it were brighter and visible from Earth is actually pretty damn accurate   (slate.com) divider line 105
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2014-01-01 04:06:01 PM  
I thought everyone knew that. Andromeda is both big and close, in galactic terms.
 
2014-01-01 04:10:52 PM  
And it is coming right for us!
 
2014-01-01 04:13:08 PM  

farkbot42: And it is coming right for us!


Not only that, they have had their left blinker on for the last million years.
 
2014-01-01 04:14:32 PM  
Have to wonder what mythologies would have developed were it that big in the sky. And what names it would have in different cultures
 
2014-01-01 04:15:55 PM  
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.
 
2014-01-01 04:16:08 PM  

Boojum2k: I thought everyone knew that. Andromeda is both big and close, in galactic terms.


I had read years ago that at 2.5 million light years away, Andromeda was the same angular size as the moon.
Was pretty blown away by that, then.
6x?
Wow, again.
 
2014-01-01 04:16:17 PM  

zerkalo: Have to wonder what mythologies would have developed were it that big in the sky. And what names it would have in different cultures


I think my personal name for it would be 'holy fark we're dead'.

/If it appeared tomorrow, anyway.
//But yeah, the mythologies would be  stunning...*dreams*
 
2014-01-01 04:17:33 PM  
Andromeda IS visible from Earth
 
2014-01-01 04:20:02 PM  

RoyBatty: Andromeda IS visible from Earth


what, like with eyes?


/feelin' super-derp today, figured I'd just go with it.
 
2014-01-01 04:20:33 PM  
Boojum2k:
I thought everyone knew that. Andromeda is both big and close, in galactic terms.

There's "know," and then there's "comprehend."
 
2014-01-01 04:20:37 PM  
That's no moon!
 
2014-01-01 04:23:51 PM  

zerkalo: Have to wonder what mythologies would have developed were it that big in the sky. And what names it would have in different cultures


I think the locals in England might call it the Eye of Terror, which is the birthplace of Slaneesh.
 
2014-01-01 04:24:41 PM  

Boojum2k: I thought everyone knew that. Andromeda is both big and close, in galactic terms.


You'd been surprised at what everyone doesn't know. Really, the numbers involved are practically astronomical.
 
2014-01-01 04:27:44 PM  

RoyBatty: Andromeda IS visible from Earth


Yeah, you can catch it on Hulu or Netflix. And, because no mention of Andromeda would be complete without a pic of Lexa Doig ...

doblelol.com
 
2014-01-01 04:29:20 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: RoyBatty: Andromeda IS visible from Earth

Yeah, you can catch it on Hulu or Netflix. And, because no mention of Andromeda would be complete without a pic of Lexa Doig ...

[doblelol.com image 407x480]



Michael Shanks is a lucky man.
 
2014-01-01 04:29:36 PM  
 "I would like these, this, that, those, and them over there. Signed Andromeda."
 
2014-01-01 04:29:46 PM  

farkbot42: And it is coming right for us!


lh5.googleusercontent.com
 
2014-01-01 04:30:13 PM  

cirby: Boojum2k:
I thought everyone knew that. Andromeda is both big and close, in galactic terms.

There's "know," and then there's "comprehend."


Pretty much this. I had seen the numbers, but somehow this picture made the sheer scale real to me. I am still a bit dumbfounded.
 
2014-01-01 04:31:46 PM  

Danger Avoid Death: RoyBatty: Andromeda IS visible from Earth

Yeah, you can catch it on Hulu or Netflix. And, because no mention of Andromeda would be complete without a pic of Lexa Doig ...

[doblelol.com image 407x480]



Rommie!  She was the best reason to watch "Space Hercules".
 
2014-01-01 04:32:02 PM  

mekkab: RoyBatty: Andromeda IS visible from Earth

what, like with eyes?


/feelin' super-derp today, figured I'd just go with it.


Go out to to a dark empty field on a moonless night and strip off your clothes.

https://www.google.com/search?q=andromeda+naked+eye

i.imgur.com


If you have access to binoculars even better.

With great enhancement, you can find this at the center of Andromeda

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-01 04:33:15 PM  
mekkad: what, like with eyes?

short answer: damn right, but you have to be far far away from the city where it gets really really dark

There are a couple of others out there as well

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_galaxies#Naked-eye_galaxies
 
2014-01-01 04:34:15 PM  
Quite a stain, Andromeda Stain if you will, on those who doubted
 
2014-01-01 04:36:43 PM  

LewDux: Quite a stain, Andromeda Stain if you will, on those who doubted


Don't strain yourself.
 
2014-01-01 04:39:41 PM  
We're supposed to crash in to that thing you know.
 
2014-01-01 04:41:44 PM  

Your Hind Brain: We're supposed to crash in to that thing you know.


In like 10 billion years. I guess I'd better head to Kroger for bread and milk.
 
2014-01-01 04:42:45 PM  
I've always harbored a small pang of jealousy after finding out that Andromeda happens to be slightly bigger than the Milky Way. I sometimes imagine that astronomers came up with dark matter so we can trump it in mass, because of course somehow we have to be the best galaxy in the Local Group.
 
2014-01-01 04:49:26 PM  
Shhhh!   Don't attract their attention...

www.federationcommander.com
 
2014-01-01 04:49:31 PM  
Neat!
 
2014-01-01 04:50:01 PM  

Matthew Keene: Your Hind Brain: We're supposed to crash in to that thing you know.

In like 10 billion years. I guess I'd better head to Kroger for bread and milk.


That's almost .025 aeons BSG time. Don't forget the whiskey.
 
2014-01-01 04:51:03 PM  
bingethinker: but that's just peanuts to space.

mmmm...space peanuts.
 
2014-01-01 04:52:18 PM  
He sure whines a lot as a scientist.
 
2014-01-01 04:54:59 PM  
Huh! I had no idea, actually. That's pretty damn cool.
 
2014-01-01 04:55:38 PM  
Where's Kerbin from here?
 
2014-01-01 04:58:15 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-01 04:58:27 PM  

Lapdance: Where's Kerbin from here?


Here:

static2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-01-01 04:59:54 PM  
I never knew how big it was in the sky until I went on an astronomy field trip in the high sierras on a cool late autumn moonless night.

It's a whole new thing looking at the sky with no light pollution, no moon, high altitude, and clear calm weather.

Also the first time I saw the Galilean satellites of Jupiter.  They took up almost the same angle in the sky as Andromeda, maybe a bit smaller.  We had a variety of telescopes and saw some nebulae too.
 
2014-01-01 05:00:04 PM  

Matthew Keene: Your Hind Brain: We're supposed to crash in to that thing you know.

In like 10 billion years. I guess I'd better head to Kroger for bread and milk.


don't forget the Charmin
 
2014-01-01 05:03:13 PM  

ko_kyi: I never knew how big it was in the sky until I went on an astronomy field trip in the high sierras on a cool late autumn moonless night.

It's a whole new thing looking at the sky with no light pollution, no moon, high altitude, and clear calm weather.

Also the first time I saw the Galilean satellites of Jupiter.  They took up almost the same angle in the sky as Andromeda, maybe a bit smaller.  We had a variety of telescopes and saw some nebulae too.



/Agreed.  It's insanely awesome how many stars there are on a clear night in the mountains, away from city lights.
 
2014-01-01 05:03:30 PM  

burdock: Matthew Keene: Your Hind Brain: We're supposed to crash in to that thing you know.

In like 10 billion years. I guess I'd better head to Kroger for bread and milk.

don't forget the Charmin


Just be nice about it.

www.dangermouse.net
 
2014-01-01 05:05:43 PM  
There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the Universe, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.

But God cares if two dudes want to marry.
 
2014-01-01 05:09:13 PM  
So we see the light from the A.G. as it was 2.5 million years ago.   I'd like some geek to give us their best guess as to what it would look like now - the A.G's spiral arms maybe shorter/longer - maybe the central disc would be flatter (?isn't there suppose to be a black hole in the middle of all the galaxies?)

news.bbcimg.co.uk
 
2014-01-01 05:15:47 PM  

Your Hind Brain: burdock: Matthew Keene: Your Hind Brain: We're supposed to crash in to that thing you know.

In like 10 billion years. I guess I'd better head to Kroger for bread and milk.

don't forget the Charmin

Just be nice about it.


William Ware Theiss was a GOD!
 
2014-01-01 05:20:46 PM  

ozzie_stu: So we see the light from the A.G. as it was 2.5 million years ago.   I'd like some geek to give us their best guess as to what it would look like now - the A.G's spiral arms maybe shorter/longer - maybe the central disc would be flatter (?isn't there suppose to be a black hole in the middle of all the galaxies?)

[news.bbcimg.co.uk image 304x171]


My guess is that it'd look exactly the same.  2.5 million years is pretty much nothing on the scale of galaxies.
 
2014-01-01 05:20:51 PM  

mekkab: RoyBatty: Andromeda IS visible from Earth

what, like with eyes?


/feelin' super-derp today, figured I'd just go with it.


Yeah.  Like with eyes.
 
2014-01-01 05:21:54 PM  
ozzie_stu: I'd like some geek to give us their best guess as to what it would look like now

well that all depends on your proximity to it. Pay me.
 
2014-01-01 05:23:35 PM  

ozzie_stu: So we see the light from the A.G. as it was 2.5 million years ago.   I'd like some geek to give us their best guess as to what it would look like now - the A.G's spiral arms maybe shorter/longer - maybe the central disc would be flatter (?isn't there suppose to be a black hole in the middle of all the galaxies?)

[news.bbcimg.co.uk image 304x171]


2.5 million years isn't even a blink of an eye in galactic terms.   It's barely a cough in planetary terms.

/ 6000 years!
 
2014-01-01 05:23:51 PM  
This is an outrage?
 
2014-01-01 05:31:20 PM  
Cool: When the Milky Way and Andromeda collide in about 4 billion years, there should be enough gas and dust stirred up to reignite the quasars at the center of both galaxies. The Milky Way's will be invisible due to gas and dust between it and the Earth but Andromeda's will be about the same luminosity as the full moon in the night sky.

Sad: The Earth will be a hellish wasteland where all life has died out and nobody will be around to see it.
 
2014-01-01 05:38:38 PM  

Your Hind Brain: We're supposed to crash in to that thing you know.


I thought Andromeda was going to plow into the Milky Way.  I know it doesn't really matter, but, it's an insurance thing.  Milky Way doesn't want to pay the deductible.

/"Call a cab, Andromeda, you're drunk!"
 
2014-01-01 05:43:57 PM  

ko_kyi: I never knew how big it was in the sky until I went on an astronomy field trip in the high sierras on a cool late autumn moonless night.

It's a whole new thing looking at the sky with no light pollution, no moon, high altitude, and clear calm weather.

Also the first time I saw the Galilean satellites of Jupiter.  They took up almost the same angle in the sky as Andromeda, maybe a bit smaller.  We had a variety of telescopes and saw some nebulae too.


When I was driving last winter I stopped on a cold, moonless night, clear skies and away as I could be from light pollution. Closed the lights on my truck and went outside. That was the first time I saw the Milky Way and it was... inspiring. You know the numbers but it's still so mind-boggingly huge...
 
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