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6,821 hits 2.0 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 8 years ago by 314159

Do you feel you have a good idea of how big the universe is?


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8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 3:12:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I do. It just HAS to be HUMONGOUS from what I've learned so far in science class.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 3:40:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
No.

I know the size of the observable universe and the theoretical size of the rest of it but there is absolutely no way in hell I can make those numbers mean anything real.

Try picture just one light year in your head.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 3:42:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Even one light second is enough to get to the Moon, pretty much
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 11:27:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/16/14 - 3:40:56 PM Guilty_Spark wrote:
<snip> Try picture just one light year in your head.

To begin with, you'd have to have a REALLY big head!
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 3/16/14 - 11:28:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
no clue, we're still exploring it.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 1:14:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 3/16/14 - 3:40:56 PM Guilty_Spark wrote:
No. I know the size of the observable universe and the theoretical size of the rest of it but there is absolutely no way in hell I can make those numbers mean anything real. Try picture just one light year in your head.

Very well said.

I try every year to get students to comprehend how big a mole is. Its just incomprehensible. And then I get kids saying "I understand how big a number it is." and I'm thinking "Really, because I use that number all the time and I feel completely inadequate to understand it."
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 1:54:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
There are stars in the universe which make the sun look like a puny little dot in comparison.

Basically,
size of the universe = wtf

8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 3:54:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I mean I have a theoretical understanding, as Brunnen said. But to be able to really grasp what that means? Mind boggling. Nope.
8 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/17/14 - 3:55:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
at least several miles long



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