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Guest Post: Zack Puts Life in Perspective

Please welcome my guest blogger, Zack. Share your favorite science tidbits and send a little rawr-love his way! http://zackpalmwritingenthusiast.wordpress.com

zackHello there! Before I go into the post of my personal favorite genre, science, I’d like to explain a few details about myself.  First off, obviously, I’m not Rarasaur. Rara is taking a break for a few days due to work.  Because of this, I was asked to share my thoughts on her blog to keep it going. I thank her very much for  the chance.

Now, who am I? I don’t want to be too much of a stranger. Good way to start: the name is Zack Palm. I’ve been writing for a few years now. There are several things I take my time to write about. One of the particular subjects happens to be science. While I’m not attempting to pursue a science degree at my school, I find the subject extremely intriguing in several aspects for everyone to have an interest in some way. The smaller subjects include gaming, my personal thoughts, and stories that I adore writing.  Stories are a big thing for me.

You know a bit more about me now, let’s get onto what I wish to share with you today!

This was actually a rather recent discovery. A week ago the largest known galaxy had been discovered. What size is the largest known galaxy? What a better question is, to place things into perspective,

How large is our galaxy?

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Let’s start there. Our own galaxy is on the south side of small. The Milky Way galaxy, ours, is 100,000 Light Years in diameter, while only being 1,000 Light Years thick. We hold vaguely 200 billion stars. To think that there are millions of other galaxies holding other stars makes you think about how our own life is!

So, if that’s small, what’s the largest galaxy that we know of? I highly recommend that you place yourself in a seating arrangement. I also require a drum roll if you’re preparing for it.

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The largest known galaxy is…

5 times the Milky Way galaxy and is 522,000 Light Years in width.

To think that something of that size lives in a galaxy, in a life, where we all share it is incredible.
Places things in perspective, doesn’t it? I know when I hear something such as this that I want to go out and explore. I want to go and see what else is out there! There has to be more for us to discovery as a people. There are never enough things to explore.

I do hope that my post has brought to you some interest in science. Go out there and see what else you can dig up that we, as a people, have discovered. We’re moving forward on all fronts. You can also find my blog here.

Have a lovely day,
Zack

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Now that you love Zack as much as I do, check out his blog for some great writings and geekery:

http://zackpalmwritingenthusiast.wordpress.com/star-wars-stories/thatll-do-nicely/
http://zackpalmwritingenthusiast.wordpress.com/drake-williams-first-interactions/drake-williams-first-interactions-part-1/
http://zackpalmwritingenthusiast.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/eyes-of-the-world/

17 comments

  1. Nice Job Zack. I love science and am glad I now know the size of our galaxy and the size of the largest galaxy. I look forward to learning a lot about science from your site! Thanks for the great post.

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    1. Thank you! I’m trying to do more science in my posts. Although I try to keep it ad accurate as possible, so I do my best to research everything and ensure I know what I’m talking about.

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    1. Actually I am not going for any science degree whatsoever. I’m majoring in Business Economics and a minor in a writing. I absolutely adore science and learn about it in more terms of being a hobby. 🙂

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        1. Chemistry is way cool! I haven’t taken a class on it yet, though. It all depends on how well I do this term with my current Astronomy and Genetics class. I may continue forward and take another Genetics class, or even another Astronomy based one. All depends how I feel at the end of the term.

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  2. Thanks for the up to date info, Zack. It reminds me of a line from “Contact,” the book by Carl Sagan. “If there weren’t extraterrestrial life, it sure would be a waste of space.” not verbatim.

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  3. Hi there!! That is way cool. this peeked my interest. question for ya…do you think there is another “space” with people like us inside it? it’s so vast what you described!

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  4. This reminded me of the HItchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series: in one of the books we are introduced to a “torture” machine that shows the person in it exactly how small they are in comparison to the universe – the knowledge of this “truth” is so damaging to the person’s pysche they never recover (unless of course your name is Zaphod).

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  5. I’ve always loved science. Spent a summer out at Fermilab in Batavia, IL. (I suspect you might know what that is.) Followed various sci-fi shows, and built a number of space vessels using various games’ rulesets. I’ve followed various sciences through out my life, despite taking up a rather mundane career in computer programming.
    I love this kind of stuff. And as my buddy Frank, above, will testify, I often use quotes from a favoured movie, “Contact”, in relation to discussions about the size of the universe, how empty space is, and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. One of my favourite lines, which seems appropriate here, is “If there is no life out there, it seems like an awful waste of space”. When you think about the size of galaxies, the number of stars in them, and the number of planets that (statistically speaking) could be orbiting them, it gets a bit dizzying! Truly an “awful waste of space” indeed.

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