# 17 Awesome fact about our Universe.

4 years ago by krane · 1109 Likes · 23 comments · Popular

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4 years ago by krane · 1109 Likes · 23 comments · Popular

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222daisy· 4 years ago · FIRSTdeleted· 4 years agogrimreaper· 4 years agogladiator1475· 4 years agothird· 4 years agomorebacon· 4 years agodianaprince· 4 years agoksqueezey· 4 years agosmitty· 4 years agosmitty· 4 years agoSo, for the longest time the Milky Way galaxy was believed to be and taught as being a bog standard spiral about 95k to 100k light years across.

Ordinary and smallish in the broad scheme of things when it comes to observational astronomy.

However, with refinements from observational astronomy discoveries informing our knowledge, the refinements in classification and clarification in defination... it turns out that our galaxy is actually quite interesting.

The Milky Way isn't just a spiral. Not even a barred spiral. Turns out, our best observations and calculations show that we're a double barred spiral AND the Milky Way is actually rather large. In fact, it's in excess of 180k light years across, maybe even 230k!

From the outside, our galaxy is actually quite the spectacle to behold and not some dime a dozen spiral we see everywhere in the universe.

smitty· 4 years agoThe clarification on this is even more interesting.

It turns out that the other organics that have been detected in that cloud would make it taste like raspberry rum.

smitty· 4 years agoJust as a clarification, this is correct. I point this out because I've seen similar universe fun fact compilations report this with the wrong catalog number.

IC1101 is the correct number for these figures... it's a big bastard alright.

dr_rage_quit· 4 years agomorebacon· 4 years agosirviantis· 4 years agomorebacon· 4 years agosirviantis· 4 years agomorebacon· 4 years agomatthewg· 4 years agostream_42· 4 years agosmitty· 4 years agoThe H-CB Wall is more than seven times larger than the Sloan Wall.

guest· 4 years agostream_42· 4 years ago