Astronomers have crowned a new king as the largest structure in the observable universe. This title was formerly held by the Huge Large Quasar Group which consisted of 73 quasars spanning a mind-boggling 4 billion light years. As of November 2013 that title is now held by the Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall, an enormous grouping of galaxies spanning an unimaginable 10 billion light years. This “great wall” is the first structure that is not a large quasar group to hold this title since 1991.
Our galaxy is travelling. We’re not certain of our exact destination but it appears to be an unexceptional spot. We are headed 150 million light years away, across our Milky Way galaxy, through our local group and to a grouping of galaxies known as the Norma cluster. Our Milky Way galaxy isn’t the only one travelling there, many other galaxies are headed to the very same point as well. But what is it that is pulling such enormous celestial bodies to this area? It is a misunderstood anomaly which astrophysicists have named The Great Attractor. Read more…
The Kepler Space Telescope, launched in 2009 by NASA, has found a planet with a temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 C), and it is believed to be covered in land and water like our own planet. Kepler 22B has a year of 290 days, sitting just 15% closer to it’s sun then we are to ours. Read more…
“If an alien in a galaxy 65 million light years away is looking at us through a telescope right now, then they are looking at dinosaurs.”
This is because of the time it takes the photons of light to reach them. If they are 65 million light years away, then they are just now receiving the light reflected and emitted from our planet 65 million years ago. Therefor, they are observing our planet as it existed 65 million years ago. If the alien lived in a galaxy even farther than that, then the alien is observing light and an Earth that existed even further into the past.
…and by the time said aliens finally arrived here (even with their warp drive) we will most likely be extinct and long gone. That’s as far into it as I will get here for now.
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As a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
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Here’s an artist’s rendition of what California would have looked like from space back in 1851.