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THE MILKY WAY IS 392 DECILLION TIMES MORE MASSIVE THAN THE HEAVIEST THING WE’VE EVER WEIGHED

by Derrick Rossignol, Nerdist

The universe is so unfathomably huge that our tiny human brains can barely imagine just how big it really is out there. Case in point, a paper recently published in the Astrophysics Journal estimates that the mass of the Milky Way galaxy is 9.5 x 10^41 kilograms — 4.8 x 10^11 times the mass of the sun. That sounds wild, but can those impossibly gigantic numbers mean anything to us? Continue reading THE MILKY WAY IS 392 DECILLION TIMES MORE MASSIVE THAN THE HEAVIEST THING WE’VE EVER WEIGHED

An unexplained ‘void’ appears to be pushing the Milky Way through the Universe at 2 million km/h

by Bec Crew, Science Alert

We’re fleeing from a mysterious ‘dead zone’

You can’t feel it, but our planet is orbiting the Sun at speeds of roughly 100,000 km/h (62,000 mph), and something is making our Milky Way galaxy move through the Universe at more than 2 million km/h (1.2 million mph). That’s 630 km per second, and now scientists might have finally figured out why.  Continue reading An unexplained ‘void’ appears to be pushing the Milky Way through the Universe at 2 million km/h

Astronomers have discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe

by Dave Mosher, Science Alert

It was hiding behind the Milky Way.

Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known structures in the Universe.

Called the Vela super-cluster, the newly discovered object is a massive group of several galaxy clusters, each one containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies. Continue reading Astronomers have discovered one of the most massive objects in the universe