Milky Way Galaxy Much Bigger Than Previously Imagined

Milky Way Galaxy Much Bigger Than Previously Imagined:  Scientists say New research suggests, our Milky Way galaxy is actually much bigger than anyone ever imagined, spanning a distance of 200,000 light-years.  That's good to know.  Now I can adjust my travel plans.

New US Houses Often Have More Toilets Than People:  A new study revealed that a growing number of new American homes actually have more toilets than they have people living in them.  This was especially true in towns like Flushing, New York - a place where going to the bathroom is a way of life.

Scientists Discover a Lost World in Remote Australia:  An expedition to a remote part of northern Australia has uncovered three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years, with scientists referring to the area as a "lost world.”  Researchers say among the most important finds was an extremely rare form of gecko which scientists suspect isn’t even in the insurance business.

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Comment by Ron Powell on June 2, 2018 at 2:02am

That means that the entire universe is beyond our capacity to imagine in terms of sheer enormity we simply cannot wrap our minds around something that defys all human sense of proportion and dimension...

The universe is just too damned big to effectively contemplate......

Comment by koshersalaami on June 2, 2018 at 3:43am

I’m surprised that they knew that little about the size of our galaxy. And yes, Ron, it’s too damned big to contemplate. 

When J was in elementary school, I worked on an astronomy project with him illustrating scale. We used cutouts, clay models, and a therapy ball he had, which if I remember correctly was 27” in diameter. On the front of a counter in the school office we attached a piece of poster board with a half sphere colored like Earth, about half an inch in diameter, and a pea-sized moon about 6” away. (I don’t remember the exact numbers.) The school was laid out such that the office door was at the end of a long hallway. On the wall of the hallway we taped a cutout of the sun, same diameter as the therapy ball. It was nearly 200’ away from the office. That was to scale. Earth is an inner planet. To get to where Pluto would be, pretty tiny, would entail driving. That’s just the solar system, and it’s unimaginable just how empty it is. You can’t draw the solar system to scale because if you fit it on a piece of paper the planets would be too small to see with the naked eye. 

In real distance terms, it takes light less than 1/20 of a second to pass Earth. For light to get from the Sun to Earth takes about 8 1/2 minutes. The closest star’s distance is not measured in light minutes but in light years. In other words, as empty as our solar system is, even though matter takes up a minuscule proportion of the space in our region, and that’s mostly in one dimension because the planetary orbits are mostly pretty parallel, interstellar space makes our solar system look crowded. 

And this is just a tiny neighborhood in the solar system. The closest star is something like 3 1/2 light years away. This post says the diameter of the Milky Way is about 200,000 light years. 

And that’s before we look at other galaxies. 

Yes, too damned big to contemplate. And if faster than light travel or some sort of instant wormhole-based travel over vast distances don’t materialize, physical space exploration - human travel - becomes impractical, as does visits from any other beings if they exist. The travelers become sacrificial. Not only can’t they get much of anyplace, two-way communication becomes the equivalent of telegram at best because it takes so long for messages to traverse space. 

Comment by Steel Breeze on June 2, 2018 at 5:52am

during the expansion phase of the universe,which we are in now,new species are born and develop with the distance between them great enuff to ensure the inevitable contraction phase,XXX millenia later,the surviving and fully matured species will have less and less distance to contact and interact with one another..........sounds like a good plan to me...

Comment by Johnny Robish on June 2, 2018 at 6:19am

Good stuff guys!

Comment by J.P. Hart on June 2, 2018 at 9:39am

Easily the most catalytic post mine eyes have seen since the very late 1940's, Johnny --- What? That I should 'back-burner' my carcinogen app & drone poetically: Mother Nature's Got A Common Cold' It comes in threes: the sneeze, the runny nose, technius upon the moist thorn of that white rose: //
Plausibly why YoungLove beckons me with her Pendleton north to Chenequa 'Belmont on sen-o-round' afore going on & on with mysteries of the Holy Grail but why not the 'nails of the crucifixion'? I go: maybe for my end. If I should take and organize a synchronized typing ---worldwide---of the Magna Carta after midnight 5 June Twenty-Eighteen? YL: . . .they'll cut you 'till you cry out . . .learn if there's a synopsis like a Cliffs' i mean Sparknotes' 'gardin Science Fiction. . .. me: Ask not Google?? . . .this is why I'm keeping the sunflower seeds amidst the organic wet, you know, shaving more enjoying narcissism. So the vehicle ought be wagon-wheel form? Whoosh! Spin'in'round & Westward-Tally-Ho! Hope you're having fun. Hart you can be such a hotwaxjob. Agreed: full employment is brimming over the edge of the salt rim. Perfect! Terrific! Bare hands, honey. For sure. Take your data to the bank! U turn to Brooklyn? Black noise in a white hole. Let the children play. Wear grey! Can you spell armageddon backwards? No. Grand ol' planet. Urban fish farmin'! No famine!

Comment by J.P. Hart on June 2, 2018 at 9:53am

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“432 IS THE SQUARE ROOT (√) OF THE “SPEED OF LIGHT”. Some people like to suggest that 432Hz is the most natural concert pitch due to a presumed relation to the speed of light: “432 is the square root of the Speed of Light”.

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Comment by Steel Breeze on June 3, 2018 at 9:29am

seems i have no limit on far-out theories.......heh-heh...

Comment by koshersalaami on June 3, 2018 at 10:11am

Some people are wrong because they don’t take into account that the mile is an arbitrary measurement. You could come up with any distance measurement to divide to any number you wanted to in a second. This would be a little like saying that the square root of the speed of light doesn’t produce the same natural concert pitch in countries on the metric system. 

One could also say that the second is arbitrary, but that doesn’t apply in this case because the same unit of time is used for both sound frequency and light speed. 


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