A night of galaxies part 2 - seriously mindblowing stuff

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    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

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    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

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    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...
     
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    Wow [​IMG] it makes me feel very, very, very, very small
     
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    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:
     
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    i still have no idea what to say!:worship:
     
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    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:
     
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    When I see these pictures, all I can do is quote Douglas Adams:

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

    Excellent :yes:
     
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    <center>Don't Panic!</center>

    Need I say more? :questionmark:

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    :laugh: mac AND A Douglas Adams fan, VERY impressed indeed :yes:
     
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    I would like a pangalactic gargleblaster please :D
     
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    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)
     
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    :lol:

    oh for the love of Bob :lol:
     
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    I'm grinning insanely :D
     
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    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
     
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    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:

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

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

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