Modern Science

Step one our solar system

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:

 

 

step two milky way

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.
Step three The Universe

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.

step four compare us to them

okay, boys and girls, that’s all for today, maybe tomorrow I will learn something really modern, like from the 1800s….

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4 thoughts on “Modern Science”

    1. thanks. mind boggling is such an understatement when it comes to all science but especially space.

      Galileo was born in 1564. in less than 550years we have gone from an earth centered universe to realizing half the “star” which they didn’t even really know what a star was were other galaxies, and realizing that not only is the universe not earth centered, it is not sun centered or even milky way centered! Space: its a pretty big place!

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