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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

The Big Ring in the Sky is 9.2 billion light-years from Earth. It has a diameter of about 1.3 billion light-years, and a circumference of about 4 billion light-years. If we could step outside and see it directly, the diameter of the Big Ring would need about 15 full moons to cover it.



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#1 | Posted by Wardog at 2024-01-22 01:28 PM | Reply

Dust, dark matter, etc. and etc.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-01-22 01:59 PM | Reply

I still think the Clockwork solar system is more improbable.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2024-01-22 02:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm not sure I follow you, tor. Could you unpack that post a bit?

#4 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2024-01-22 02:04 PM | Reply

The orbits are in perfect synchronicity.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2024-01-22 02:09 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Yeah, gravity is pretty amazing stuff.

#6 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2024-01-22 02:10 PM | Reply

We've been discovering solar systems other than our own since the 90s and never seen one like this before.

I ran the scenario through an AI algorithm and it concurred that this could be evidence of an extraterrestrial civilization.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2024-01-22 02:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

perfect synchronicity
Really weird since we expect each planet in a system to have some effect on the orbits of the others.
The little jingle would make a cool ringtone.

#8 | Posted by BluSky at 2024-01-22 03:15 PM | Reply

"We don't make mistakes, we have happy accidents" | Bob Ross

The Bob Ross Universe...

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2024-01-22 04:34 PM | Reply

I've heard the most beautiful word that can be said in science is "that's odd".

And this solar system is very odd.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2024-01-22 04:44 PM | Reply

"The little jingle would make a cool ringtone."

Ever play The Outer Wilds?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-01-22 05:03 PM | Reply

Nope, but I just put it on my Steam wishlist, thanks.
Reminds me of Dyson Sphere Program which is fantastic.

#12 | Posted by BluSky at 2024-01-22 05:22 PM | Reply

That you're thinking of Dyson spheres proves your thinking on the right scale.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2024-01-22 06:45 PM | Reply

Stuff like this is the main reason I visit this site. The tune is now my alarm.

#14 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2024-01-23 10:05 AM | Reply

fwiw, if you get the Science Channel, they have an excellent continuing series called, "How The Universe Works." I've been watching it for years, it's currently in season 11.

Looks like it is also available on streaming....

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-01-23 06:03 PM | Reply

"9.2 billion light-years from Earth. It has a diameter of about 1.3 billion light-years"

Not in any way a "solar system" Individual stars would probably not even be visible much at that distance. More an interesting artifact made of galaxies from the perhaps from the first several billion years after the big bang event. (plus whatever expansion of the Universe has made the distance)

Like Spock would opine: "interesting".

#16 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2024-01-24 10:34 AM | Reply

Someone (Tor) will likely run with this and suggest God again.
Or aliens...or Jewish Space

#17 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-01-24 02:12 PM | Reply

#7 Solar system?.... the thing is over a billion light years across...

#18 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2024-01-24 02:18 PM | Reply

"a billion"

I think the solar system is like a light hour in diameter?

I looked itbuom. Sun to Neptune is 4.2 light hours. Double that and the solar system is about 10 light minutes in diameter.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-01-24 02:34 PM | Reply

Haha!! minutes, hours.... ain't no years!

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-01-24 02:35 PM | Reply

It's wacky how close we are to the sun, with respect to the size of the solar system. Eight light minutes from sun to earth. Four light hours from sun to Neptune. 30x closer to the sun than Neptune. It must suck to have solar panels on your roof on Neptune.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-01-24 02:39 PM | Reply

#19, I was pointing out that in #7 they referred to the ring in the article a solar system... ain't no way in hell that ring is a solar system at that size. it's a ring of stars or galaxies.

#22 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2024-01-25 11:53 AM | Reply

"The Cosmological Principle assumes that the part of the universe we can see is viewed as a 'fair sample' of what we expect the rest of the universe to be like. We expect matter to be evenly distributed everywhere in space when we view the universe on a large scale, so there should be no noticeable irregularities above a certain size."

I think I found the mistake in logic. Assuming All of the universe is all just like what we can see in the Observable Universe is probably a mistake in an infinite or near infinite universe.

In an infinite universe anything is actually possible given enough time. And also since we can see these rings they obviously exist(whether or not we understand it). Time to adjust our theories to meet the facts ... again. Or maybe come up with a new religulous explanation.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2024-01-25 12:05 PM | Reply

Galaxy clusters are arranged like a foam of bubbles. There are thin filaments of galaxies, like the soapy film of the bubble walls. Beyond the thin layer of galactic foam is mostly empty space.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-01-25 12:44 PM | Reply

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