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Galactic Monster Dwarfs the Milky Way

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by jobberone, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    Jan 14, 2013 09:23 AM ET // by Irene Klotz

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    As far as spiral galaxies go, the Milky Way is a relative pipsqueak, especially when compared to one known as NGC 6872, a barred spiral galaxy located some 212 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Pavo.

    Spanning 522,000 light-years from end to end — roughly five times larger than the Milky Way — NGC 6872 has been crowned the king of spiral galaxies, based on an analysis of data gathered by NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer telescope.

    PHOTOS: Hubble Logs Millionth Observation

    Fueling the galaxy’s growth is its ongoing interaction with a small disk galaxy, known as IC 4970, which is visible only in ultraviolet light.

    Computer simulations indicate the dwarf galaxy, which is about one-fifth the size of the spiral galaxy, made its closest pass by NGC 6872 about 130 million years ago. Its gravitational tugging kicked up a flurry of star formation in the process.

    http://news.discovery.com/space/gal...y-is-5-times-larger-than-milky-way-130114.htm
     
  2. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    You're not alone... :)

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  3. Hopeuhavechange

    Hopeuhavechange New Member

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    I see a cat.
     
  4. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    !! There it is! A gigantic galactic space cat, coupled with the recent findings that cats kill billions annually pretty much seals our fate. Who'd a thought? Certainly not the Mayans.
     
  5. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    :laugh2:
     
  6. AmarilloCowboyFan

    AmarilloCowboyFan Well-Known Member

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    Looks like Sauron is regaining power.
     
  7. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    What's with the call out box and dates?
     
  8. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    I don't know I just looked at the pictures. :)
     
  9. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    Yeah, and you just subscribe to Playboy for the articles.
     
  10. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    Nah, especially with the vast resources of the interwebs, there's no ned to pay. For articles that is. :p:
     
  11. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    The Eye of Sauron!!

    Oh and to the OP, I believe the plural of dwarf is dwarves :D

    /reality
     
  12. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    And you'd be right. The only problem is dwarfs used there is a verb not a noun. :D
     
  13. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, if they ever decide to come and pay a visit, they better not bring Chinese food. That stuff just don't fill you up and it's way too far to go back and get more if they need to head home.
     
  14. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    I know :) I was being funny with my Eye of Sauron reference since dwarves in that context would be dwarves, not dwarfs :)

    /reality
     
  15. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    Sorry Boss. That went over my tiny head. :)
     

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