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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-06-10 11:25 PM
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38. Everything is relative. Compared to Admiral Nelson, the universe is quite large indeed.
But hey: it's not the size of your universe that matters, it's how you use it.
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  -Do you know how big the universe is? Kurt_and_Hunter  Nov-06-10 07:14 PM   #0 
  - Well it certainly puts ones problems into perspective.  Lyric   Nov-06-10 07:16 PM   #1 
  - More than 100 Billion galaxies in the observable universe...  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-06-10 07:19 PM   #2 
  - so if a rocket ship travelling at 17,000 miles an hour were to travel  rurallib   Nov-06-10 07:20 PM   #3 
  - That's hard to say... he uses them for so many purposes  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-06-10 07:20 PM   #6 
  - Depends (geddit) how often he changes  ikri   Nov-07-10 07:27 AM   #62 
  - The Big Rip is far from comforting.  denem   Nov-06-10 07:20 PM   #4 
  - That's one possible outcome  derby378   Nov-06-10 07:22 PM   #7 
     - I blame it on the Republicans.  rurallib   Nov-06-10 07:25 PM   #10 
     - Black hole points of singularity would remain:  denem   Nov-06-10 07:32 PM   #13 
        - So some see the Big Rip as half-empty, some see it as half-full?  pinboy3niner   Nov-07-10 01:58 AM   #54 
  - And therein lies one of the great conundrums of astronomy  derby378   Nov-06-10 07:20 PM   #5 
  - It's even beyond that  Xipe Totec   Nov-06-10 07:24 PM   #9 
  - We can only detect a 14 billion light year radius.  the redcoat   Nov-06-10 07:24 PM   #8 
  - Or so it would seem...  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-06-10 07:28 PM   #11 
     - I don't know about the "infinite volume" part  derby378   Nov-06-10 07:35 PM   #15 
     - I'm with you. I had a problem with that as well.  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-06-10 07:39 PM   #21 
     - "must by definition have borders and therefore a center" -- No. Follow me.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Nov-06-10 07:52 PM   #25 
        - And a sphere contains an infinity of circular sections....  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-06-10 07:55 PM   #26 
        - Make sure you understand the flatpeople's scenario first.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Nov-06-10 08:02 PM   #28 
        - That 3D balloon shape, however, still has a center  derby378   Nov-06-10 09:21 PM   #33 
     - You're ignoring the most important part of the sentence you quoted:  the redcoat   Nov-06-10 08:12 PM   #29 
  - No. nt  Obamanaut   Nov-06-10 07:32 PM   #12 
  - 'A Universe From Nothing' by Lawrence Krauss  ipaint   Nov-06-10 07:35 PM   #14 
  - "From the begining not a thing is." - Hui Neng 700 AD  RagAss   Nov-06-10 07:40 PM   #23 
     - I wouldn't miss the science behind the theory for anything.  ipaint   Nov-07-10 03:08 AM   #55 
  - I think Bill O'Reilly's head is larger! n/t  RKP5637   Nov-06-10 07:36 PM   #16 
  - Not larger, but definitely stuffed with more fatty tissue (n/t)  derby378   Nov-06-10 07:37 PM   #17 
  - LOL !!! n/t  RKP5637   Nov-06-10 07:38 PM   #20 
  - Purely my opinion but...  icnorth   Nov-08-10 01:56 PM   #80 
  - We can see only 0.5% of the universe.  denem   Nov-06-10 07:37 PM   #18 
  - All we are is dust in the wind...  leeroysphitz   Nov-06-10 07:37 PM   #19 
  - It's all about distribution  Duer 157099   Nov-06-10 07:40 PM   #22 
  - But first, someone must invent the hyperdrive  derby378   Nov-06-10 07:46 PM   #24 
     - Perhaps that's where we go when we die?  Duer 157099   Nov-06-10 07:55 PM   #27 
  - I just wonder what it is expanding into?  razorman   Nov-06-10 09:02 PM   #30 
  - That's an excellent question  derby378   Nov-06-10 09:29 PM   #34 
  - All the big.  Iggo   Nov-06-10 09:04 PM   #31 
  - I think you're wrong....n/t  unkachuck   Nov-06-10 09:05 PM   #32 
  - Really big, as Douglas Adams explained to us.  DavidDvorkin   Nov-06-10 10:01 PM   #35 
  - So small that there is only one universe in it  jberryhill   Nov-06-10 11:16 PM   #36 
  - Compared to us, it's really, really, really, big.  Warren DeMontague   Nov-06-10 11:18 PM   #37 
  - Everything is relative. Compared to Admiral Nelson, the universe is quite large indeed.  Richard Steele   Nov-06-10 11:25 PM   #38 
  - He may have had trouble comparing sizes, lacking that old  dimbear   Nov-07-10 01:20 AM   #45 
  - The universe is a sphere about 5'11" through the center  Zanzobar   Nov-06-10 11:31 PM   #39 
  - Be careful in high winds on flat surfaces.......n/t  dimbear   Nov-07-10 01:24 AM   #46 
  - I can't believe nobody posted this yet:  lightningandsnow   Nov-06-10 11:34 PM   #40 
  - ... cuz there's bugger-all down here on earth.  lumberjack_jeff   Nov-06-10 11:38 PM   #41 
  - That sort of stuff is why religion is completely laughable to me.  Arugula Latte   Nov-06-10 11:48 PM   #42 
  - I didn't want to get into that in the OP because  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-07-10 08:37 AM   #65 
  - And why would god send a son to a backward era with no technologies, no video, no printing press?  AnArmyVeteran   Nov-08-10 10:59 AM   #72 
  - It basically means the chances of extrasolar life are extremely high.  BzaDem   Nov-06-10 11:53 PM   #43 
  - It also means the chances of us ever interacting with extrasolar life are extremely low  scheming daemons   Nov-07-10 01:27 AM   #48 
  - Indeed. :( Though wormholes and/or some other manipulation of spacetime itself could conceivably  BzaDem   Nov-07-10 01:40 AM   #49 
  - And when discussing such probabilities in other contexts we call them certainties  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-07-10 08:43 AM   #67 
     - Well to be fair, I think it is at least possible (though extremely improbable) that life is unique  BzaDem   Nov-08-10 10:44 AM   #70 
  - This was explained to me a few years back  jimlup   Nov-06-10 11:55 PM   #44 
  - Thats about as old as GOP economic policies. n/t  deacon   Nov-07-10 01:31 AM   #47 
  - It also means them Aliens have the Same God/Goddess as we have...has to be.  opihimoimoi   Nov-07-10 01:43 AM   #50 
  - bigger than a bread box  DeadEyeDyck   Nov-07-10 01:46 AM   #51 
  - Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is.  JCMach1   Nov-07-10 01:49 AM   #52 
  - I guess it means we could be squashed like a bug since we are but one little speck.  dkf   Nov-07-10 01:57 AM   #53 
  - If the Universe IS the Universe, into what is it expanding?  WinkyDink   Nov-07-10 05:10 AM   #56 
  - membranes  meow mix   Nov-07-10 05:21 AM   #57 
  - delete  meow mix   Nov-07-10 05:21 AM   #58 
  - sorry hippy  Kltpzyxm   Nov-07-10 05:23 AM   #59 
  - and to think it all started from a peanut shaped asteroid.  B Calm   Nov-07-10 05:36 AM   #60 
  - Short Answer: Freaking Huge  Taitertots   Nov-07-10 05:48 AM   #61 
  - unprovable speculation  Motown_Johnny   Nov-07-10 07:32 AM   #63 
  - au contraire  Kurt_and_Hunter   Nov-07-10 08:46 AM   #68 
  - Isn't there some way we can blow it up?  Toots   Nov-07-10 07:39 AM   #64 
  - Space and Time are artificial intellectual constructs. So questions like those are similar to  KittyWampus   Nov-07-10 08:43 AM   #66 
  - Time is what enables you to exist as KittyWampus instead of inert Planck-scale goo  derby378   Nov-08-10 10:36 AM   #69 
     - So what time is it then? :)  AnArmyVeteran   Nov-08-10 11:02 AM   #73 
        - Not familiar with that, actually  derby378   Nov-08-10 11:04 AM   #74 
  - The entire universe is probably just one cell of a hair on a massive creature in another dimension.  AnArmyVeteran   Nov-08-10 10:55 AM   #71 
  - Bacteria all the way down; universes all the way up.  immoderate   Nov-08-10 12:35 PM   #76 
  - No, and neither does anyone else.  JackRiddler   Nov-08-10 11:07 AM   #75 
  - So, can we have your liver?  montanto   Nov-08-10 12:57 PM   #77 
  - And we live on "a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam". Carl Sagan.  A HERETIC I AM   Nov-08-10 01:46 PM   #78 
  - Big enough to have a minor species on a speck of dust think they're the center of it.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Nov-08-10 01:48 PM   #79 
 

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