Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Bear is out there.



The sun, tiny dot denoted on this panel of the galactic map, comprises 99.85% of our solar system's mass. All the planets combined take up .1%, and Chuck Norris accounts for the rest.

Also taken from Wikipedia:

The Sun is currently traveling through the Local Interstellar Cloud in the Local Bubble zone, within the inner rim of the Orion Arm of the Milky Way galaxy. Of the 50 nearest stellar systems within 17 light-years from Earth (the closest being a red dwarf named Proxima Centauri at approximately 4.2 light years away), the Sun ranks fourth in mass.

Of course, there's at least a hundred billion stars in the Milky Way, which is pretty shabby compared to the trillion or so stars in the Andromeda galaxy. But overall, I'm pretty happy with our position in the universe.

6 comments:

Huge Larry said...

There's always a bigger bear.

cyrusfx said...

Maybe the reason why the Milky Way has more dark matter (and mass) than the Andromeda galaxy is because there are all sorts of parallel universes going on here, but not over there. Because of the complexity of life and stuff.

There. I'm the next Steven Hawking. But only in the sense that I will suffer from a crippling disability in the future.

cyrusfx said...

Terminator is also out there, scattered in dots across a few centuries.

Huge Larry said...

I would venture to say that it's likely there are many hyper-advanced artificial intelligences and/or Borg-like civilizations in the universe. Thankfully, there's just so much space that it's unlikely we will ever get raped by them.

cyrusfx said...

LOL in the literal sense.

I'm not impressed that it would take 20 light years to get to the first potentially-habitable planet. Somebody needs to come up with a new speed setting or a portal that folds the universe or some shit. We need to hurry the fuck up and do some spaceraping, before we get raped first. That's what I always say.

Moon Colony. Gingrich 2012.

Huge Larry said...

Either that or we just need to master cryogenics. I think that's actually the most likely scenario for near-term inter-stellar travel. It doesn't matter if it takes 100 million years to get somewhere if you are perfectly preserved in stasis. You can wake up every 1000 years for a few days just to make sure everything is kosher, and you'll have a hot CPU to wake you up in case of trouble. And perhaps, 10 million years into your voyage, the folks back home will have figured out how to fold space, so they can catch up to you and give you a hot boost.