posted on Jan, 12 2013 @ 12:51 PM
The spiral is 522,000 light-years across from the tip of one outstretched arm to the tip of the other, which makes it about 5 times the size of our
home galaxy, the Milky Way!!
The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United
States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral, based on archival data from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission, which
has since been loaned to the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
There are roughly 100-400 billion (1–4×10^^11) stars in our own galaxy, I'll let you do the maths for the estimated numbers of stars in this giant
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