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revolution
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It's a large picture, 6400 x 4200, but worth it IMO.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cc/Star-sizes.jpg

Puts our puny Sun to shame.
Post 17 Aug 2009, 11:31
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Picnic



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Really big, according to wikipedia 'It would take over 7,000,000,000,000,000 (7 quadrillion) Earths to fill the volume of VY Canis Majoris'
Wonderfully awesome.
Post 17 Aug 2009, 18:04
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This picture is really impressive, revolution. Although it was made to help us to imagine how big can be stars in our Universe in comparison to Sun, I lost the scale very quickly. Razz Seems that some well known stars can have diameter much bigger than the whole Solar System.

When I was looking at this specific "stars march past", I was as much scared as Etana from the Babylonian myth, who flew up on the eagle to the heaven in his searches of the plant of birth Wink:
Ancient writers in The Myth of Etana wrote:
When he bore him aloft one league,
The eagle said to him, to Etana:
"Look, my friend, how the land is now
Examine the sea, look for its boundaries
The land is hills...
The sea has become a stream".
When he had borne him aloft a second league,
The eagle said to him, said to Etana,
"Look, my friend, how the land is now!
The land is a hill".
When he had borne him aloft a third league,
The eagle said to him, said to Etana,
"Look, my friend, how the land is now!"
"The sea has become a garedener´s ditch".

(...)

When he had borne him aloft one league,
"Look, my friend, how the land is now!"
"The land´s circumference is become one fifth of its size.
"The vast sea is become like a paddock".
When he had borne him aloft a second league,
"Look, my friend, how the land is now!"
"The land has become a garden plot [ ],
"And the vast sea has become a trough".
When he had borne him aloft a third league,
"Look, my friend, how the land is now!"
"I looked but could not see the land!
"Nor were my eyes enough to find the vast sea!
"My friend, I won´t go up to heaven
"Set me down, let me go off to my city".
Post 18 Aug 2009, 10:10
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Considerate that the star Canis Major could be more bigger than now,
because it has a very big nebula arround its, and that nebula is all the matter
the star is loosing every day, every year....
It is caused by the insufficent gravity at star surface that let matter go away.
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MHajduk wrote:
... I lost the scale very quickly.
Even the scale of human-to-Earth can be hard to grasp. Whenever I am in an aeroplane I often try to scale the distance in my mind. If you put it in perspective, the aeroplane is really only just skimming the surface of the Earth. And the atmosphere is also just a thin layer. Yet most of the human population will spend their entire lives "trapped" in the lower 0.1% portion of the thin layer of gas we call air. We all should really get out more and visit places like Mars or Vega or Andromeda, they are all just on our back step.
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Sometimes it's better to not have that desire to "go out more". There's nothing inherently good about it, actually not even perspective-wise -- and as programmers ourselves which spend much time in the front of the computer, you should understand that.

Your BRAIN is limited itself, you don't want to run out of memory, do you? Razz

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