Image of the Day: A Stunning Galaxy a Trillion Miles from Earth
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August 19, 2010

Image of the Day: A Stunning Galaxy a Trillion Miles from Earth


About trillion miles away from earth, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope photographed a spectacular and stunning image of a spiral galaxy named NGC 4911 which lies over 320 million ligh-years away from the "Coma Cluster" of about 1,000 galaxies and islands of stars which is likely similar to the Milky Way. Looking at this stunning image forces one to ask: what mysteries and life forms exist there?

"The idea that we are the only intelligent creatures in a cosmos of a hundred billion galaxies is so preposterous that there are very few astronomers today who would take it seriously. It is safest to assume therefore, that they are out there and to consider the manner in which this may impinge upon human society," asid Arthur C. Clarke, physicist and author of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

One light year is equivalent to 5.9 trillion miles.The galaxy consists of "rich lanes of dusts and gases near its center. NASA Scientists reported that the cluster is one of the densest collections of galaxies in a nearby universe. It was entitled "Island Universe" that shows the "majestic face-on spiral galaxy" in the Northern Constellation Coma Bernices amid a sea of stars.

The image combines data from 2006, 2007 and 2009, which is a high resolution copy of the image.The formations seen along the arms of the main galaxy are the result of the nearby galaxy which is passing "perilously close to each other". The galaxy and other spiral near the center of the cluster are being transformed by gravitational tug of their neighbors.

Via NASA/Hubble

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I'm not a mathematician, but if a light year is 5.9 trillion miles and this galaxy is 320 *million light years away... then I think we're looking at a something closer to two thousand trillion miles.

I might need someone to chip in for gas, cause it's going to take about 40 trillion gallons for my car to get there.

It is inconceivable to think there is no other life out there, when 'out there' is so big! I bet there is a world just full of beautiful women waiting for us.

"Light-years" not "ligh-years" ...

@Tygh

Yes they make mistakes like this all the time. I am starting to think there is something seriously wrong with the people who run this site. Anyone can make a mistake but it happens so much on this website that I now believe they just don't care at all about any kind of fact checking.

If that galaxy were a trillion miles from the Earth we would be IN that galaxy.

On the topic of spelling mistakes, "About trillion miles" should probably have another word or two included.

Whoever wrote this article should be fired, as they're making Daily Galaxy look like a joke.

Yeah. 1 trillion miles is less than 1 light year, which is a tiny fraction of our own galaxy's size (1,000 ly thick, 100,000 ly across).

The galaxy consists of "rich lanes of dusts and gases near its center. <--- never closed your quote.

"NASA Scientists reported that the cluster is one of the densest collections of galaxies in a nearby universe." <-- near by universe? Excuse me? Want to re-think that statement? I'm sure whatever nameless "NASA Scientist" you claim to be quoting would be fuming at this.

"The image combines data from 2006, 2007 and 2009, which is a high resolution copy of the image." <--- the image which is a high resolution copy of the image? Try again.

"The formations seen along the arms of the main galaxy are the result of the nearby galaxy which is passing "perilously close to each other". <--- Is English even your primary language? You can't even keep pluralization straight on the word galaxy.

"About trillion miles away from earth, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope photographed a spectacular and stunning image"

Wow, they've actually sent Hubble a trillion miles away from Earth?
Fantastic news!

Wow, I just lost so much respect for this site...because of this one article...

I know these science teasers are cranked out pretty fast, which, like a daily paper, means some expected mistakes. ...But, just how fast are you guys banging these things out?

Mathematicians you are, 1 Million, 1 Trillion miles, care you not, Galaxy beautiful it is, Jedi many there be!

Measuring light years? Get a life you nerds!

It was entitled "Island Universe"...
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It was titled "Island Universe"...

This article is in desperate need of an editor.

Wups....Sorry fellas....it shuda ben "umpteen" trillion...sorry

I found this very interesting until I read a few of the comments. Some of your readers apparently belong to the Flat Earth Society!

This is the 21st century.

Just today I was asked whether I believed in Evolution or the Big Bang Theory. When I replied that I had another idea, and didn't believe in either one, I was told that I _must_ believe in one or the other. Who the hell decided to limit my choices, and dictate what they must be? If it is an either | or choice, then discussion has come to an end.

In fact, why did we abandon the space program in the early 70's? We seemed to be doing fairly well, and then, suddenly, the space program was relegated to the status of satellite tenders.

Don't tell me that it all boils down to money; the money has been worthless for years. No, there is something else going on, I'm sure.

What's even funnier is that it's been a few days and the mistakes are still there.

You'd think they'd crank up their old Frontpage Editor and make a few corrections.

Oh wait, if they corrected all the mistakes the article would be reduced to "hey look, cool pic!"

Ok, anyone can make a mistake, right? But days (and many comments) later it still has not been corrected. Now that is hard to understand and forgive.

I think I just had a brain hemorrhage from reading this article

Give him a break. The dude was only off by a mere 1,887,999,999 trillion miles.....

which lies over 320 million ligh-years away from the "Coma Cluster", not from earth you retards

Should be light-years, not ligh-years; OP's typo, not mine just copy/pasta

Should be light-years, not ligh-years; OP's typo, not mine just copy/pasta

So how long will it take to get there at Warp 9? Make it so number one!

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I'am sorry to interrupt your discussion, but this pic is NOT from the NASA :D

Pic is from here: http://quarks.maynau.com/nova/sin_galerie_hu.shtml

@MjC "which lies over 320 million ligh-years away from the "Coma Cluster",
not from earth you retards"


And the Coma Cluster is 321 million light-years from Earth, so even if it was in the opposite direction it would still be at least 1 light year away from us (which it obviously is not, otherwise as someone else has already stated we would be inside it considering our closest neighbouring star is over 4 light years away). Oh and BTW, with their calculation of 5.9 trillion miles to the light-Year, doesn't that make the speed of light far more obtainable for us, considering that is only about 187 miles per second and we already have Helios space probes cruising around at over 4200 miles per second? Pretty sad article considering people will read this not knowing any better and not question it because a bunch of big numbers are thrown in to make it sound scientific. It would have been a better article to just put a caption under the picture that says, "Oooo, look at all the pretty stars!", at least it would have been more accurate ;)

Non-credible reporting. Selling ads by sloppy reposting of NASA graphics Pathetic.


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