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Skywatcher
19-03-2009, 11:34 AM
In a small area of Virgo there is an area galled the realm of galaxies that have ancient eliptical galaxies, took 1 frame as I was packing up last night in that general area then ran the image through a very natty online astrometric programme

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/marakarian1st.jpg

the astrometric programme has found 14 Galaxies in this one frame but if you look there are dozens more

the scale of what you are looking at is truely mind blowing. these are all millions of light years away and each is the size of our own galaxy which in itself would take you 100,000 years to cross if you were travelling at the speed of light

http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb84/sidleydoc/labelledmarkariansmall.jpg

Tink
19-03-2009, 11:49 AM
How can a human being fathom that? How can something so immense exist and how can we relate to its enormity? I'm overwhelmed at the attempt to even comprehend...

Tinkerbell
19-03-2009, 11:51 AM
Wow http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee248/mewsley_bucket/rubeyes2.gif it makes me feel very, very, very, very small

Tink
19-03-2009, 11:54 AM
Doesn't it though, Sister Tinkerbell? I once read that a human is as significant as a grain of sand. This kind of supports that philosophy, eh? Talk about a visual for carpe diem! :yes:

mumof2
19-03-2009, 12:06 PM
i still have no idea what to say!:worship:

Tinkerbell
19-03-2009, 12:51 PM
I keep coming back to this thread and trying to form a coherent sentence, but I can't it just blows my mind totally :yes:

catrancher
19-03-2009, 01:00 PM
When I see these pictures, all I can do is quote Douglas Adams:


Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think itís a long way down the road to the chemist, but thatís just peanuts to space. :mental:

Tom (:macwave:... who's feeling a bit puny right now!)

keith
19-03-2009, 02:30 PM
When I see these pictures, all I can do is quote Douglas Adams:


hang on! A Douglas Adams fan, from America!? Surely not! :D

Excellent :yes:

catrancher
19-03-2009, 02:38 PM
hang on! A Douglas Adams fan, from America!? Surely not! :D

Excellent :yes:

<center>Don't Panic!</center>

Need I say more? :questionmark:

Tom (:macwave:... off now for a bit of "muscle relaxant"!)

keith
19-03-2009, 02:39 PM
<center>Don't Panic!</center>

Need I say more? :questionmark:

Tom (:macwave:... off now for a bit of "muscle relaxant"!)

:laugh: mac AND A Douglas Adams fan, VERY impressed indeed :yes:

Beccaberry
19-03-2009, 02:40 PM
Wow.

Dawn
19-03-2009, 03:35 PM
Earth: Mostly Harmless

Skywatcher
19-03-2009, 04:30 PM
I would like a pangalactic gargleblaster please :D

catrancher
19-03-2009, 04:35 PM
I would like a pangalactic gargleblaster please :D

Would you care for the "dish of the day" to go with that? :questionmark:

Should it just nip off to the kitchen to shoot itself?

Tom (:macwave:... spending a year dead for tax purposes)

Skywatcher
19-03-2009, 04:44 PM
:lol:

oh for the love of Bob :lol:

keith
19-03-2009, 05:06 PM
I'm grinning insanely :D

Skywatcher
19-03-2009, 05:09 PM
I absolutely love those books. I would have liked to have called one of our cats Slartibartfast :D

Did not rate the recent movie at all but did enjoy the old TV series

Dawn
19-03-2009, 05:14 PM
42

catrancher
19-03-2009, 05:16 PM
I absolutely love those books. I would have liked to have called one of our cats Slartibartfast :D

Did not rate the recent movie at all but did enjoy the old TV series

Nothing, but nothing, compares with the books!

I couldn't really get into either the TV series or the movie. Only the books allowed me to use my imagination to it's fullest extent.

Which, I suppose, is a scary thought in and of itself. :laugh2:

Tom (:macwave:... resistance is useless!)

catrancher
19-03-2009, 05:17 PM
42

Was there perhaps something wrong with the way you phrased the question?

Tom (:macwave:... now engaged in Deep Thought!)