Originally posted by jordanAKbramsen
The hell are they hiding?! I wan't a map without cencorship!!! Cmon, they always doin this.
Nick Risinger's Skymap
NR's Interactive Skymap
When looking at these images, please appreciate, that when fully zoomed in, every pixel of light is a star or a galaxy.
This image is just our galaxy the Milkyway. There are a 127 billion galaxies (estimated) that we can see, that are very much like our own Milkyway,
with a similar number of stars in each.
There are probably an infinite amount out there, as the universe itself is infinite.
Then add on that there are probably other universes adjacent to our own (people are actively scouring the the skies, for evidence of the 'bruise'
where our own universe bumped into and merged with another universe), then you start to get the idea of how big it is.
The observable universe is 78 billion light years from us, and the farthest we can see from point a, to the opposite side at point b is 156 billion
So, to try to make that comprehensible, if you travelled the circumference of Earth (24,901 miles) at the speed of light (186,282 miles a SECOND) it
would take you:
24,901 / 186,282 = 0.13367 seconds.
To travel from point A to point B (say beginning and end, even though it isn't) in the universe that WE CAN SEE, would take you 156 billion years,
travelling at a speed of 186,282 miles a second, or 670,616,629 miles an hour.
edit on 28-8-2012 by AmatuerSkyWatcher because: (no reason given)