It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.

Please white-list or disable in your ad-blocking tool.

Thank you.


Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.


The Largest Galaxy in the Universe

page: 3
<< 1  2   >>

log in


posted on Mar, 5 2014 @ 05:52 AM
This is the largest galaxy in the KNOWN universe. There could be far larger ones in the universe we are yet to map! And that boggles the mind!

posted on Mar, 5 2014 @ 06:12 AM

So they say the universe is forever expanding. They also say we will one day have the complete opposite of the big bang, the big squeeze or big collapse. This "galaxy" sort of proves this but with the vast distances between galaxies and with expansion, how does this even happen?? May a galaxy or two but ultimately with these vast distance expanding, HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?? Mind blowing..
6 BILLION LIGHT YEARS ACROSS? Isn't that nearly half the distance of the 13.7 billion light year the known universe is? We are such cave dwelling, knuckle draggers. Only able to travel 10's of thousands of mph. Sad with all the distances that need to be traveled, we cannot make it to most of our own planets.

Where did you get 6 billion light years from? This galaxy is about 5.5 million light years in diameter.

But Wikipedia says the stellar halo extends to only about 1.4 million light years (making up for the diameter of 2.8 mly?) So I'm a bit confused about the real size of this galaxy.

posted on Mar, 6 2014 @ 08:34 PM
I wish they would zoom in a little closer and see if there is life!

posted on Mar, 7 2014 @ 06:02 AM

wow thats impressive and really drives it home how small our milky way is !

Galacticus Maximus

posted on Mar, 7 2014 @ 07:56 AM

reply to post by boymonkey74

to show which one it's in:

Supergiant galaxy IC 1101. It is the largest known galaxy at about 6 million light years across, compared to the Milky Way at about 100,000 lys, and contains up to 100 trillion stars, while the Milky Way has about 400 billion. It's the result of many collisions by smaller galaxies, and lies 1.07 billion light years from us in the constellation Serpens.
edit on 3-3-2014 by RUFFREADY because: because

edit on 3-3-2014 by RUFFREADY because: other was blob

Damn, IC 1101 is so huge our own Milky Way might even be mistaken for a large star....

Wonder how much life there is an that one

top topics
<< 1  2   >>

log in