You know, I have not really kept up on breaking scientific news the last few years. I just discovered, thanks to a friend’s facebook post that IC 1011 is a lot bigger than the milky way, but more importantly, I just discovered that there was an IC 1011, which apparently makes me just a little behind the curve: “IC 1101 is a supergiant elliptical galaxy at the center of the Abell 2029 galaxy cluster. It is 1.07 billion light years away in the constellation of Virgo and is classified as a cD class of galaxy. It was discovered on June 19, 1790 by William Herschel. yep,1790, and I learn about it today?! wow!
These images were stolen from all over the place, NASA, Dicovery
Just in case some of you are about as far behind, here is a quick refresher on who and where we are:
and then, keep in mind there are over a million KNOWN galaxies, this is not a complete picture of the universe, and these are not stars. each light is a galaxy, and we are a small galaxy, actually we are a small star on the outer fringes of a small galaxy. no, we are a small planet in the habitable zone around a small star on the fringes of a small galaxy.
but this great picture wreaks havoc with distance, but does a great job of giving us a way to compare our galaxy to the really big one.
okay, boys and girls, that’s all for today, maybe tomorrow I will learn something really modern, like from the 1800s….