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    As many as 83 trillion comets may circle the star, with 2,000 colliding every day.

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    Comet Demolition Derby Around Star Surprises Scientists
    SPACE.com StaffDate: 12 April 2012 Time: 03:38 PM ET
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    This infrared image shows the young star Fomalhaut and its surrounding dust disc it as seen with ESA's Herschel space observatory. Astronomers suspect Fomalhaut's debris disc stems from dust particles created by prolific comet collisions, with an average rate of 2,000 daily crashes between comets of 1 kilometer across.
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    A young star that is home to at least one alien planet is also ringed by a vast, dusty cloud of comets, like our own solar system. But there's a big difference: There may be as many as 83 trillion comets there, with collisions destroying thousands each day, a new study suggests.

    http://www.space.com/15255-comet-mas...haut-star.html

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    Why do you hate comets?

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    So when two comets collide do they make more comets or less?


    And by my estimate there are 105 trillion comets circling that star....
    prove me wrong smarty pants scientists
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    83 TRILLION comets and only a few thousand are impacting each other on a daily basis...?

    on a probablility scale, doesn't sound very scary.
    eff all y'all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    83 TRILLION comets and only a few thousand are impacting each other on a daily basis...?

    on a probablility scale, doesn't sound very scary.
    people always forget that space is a really big place; even with 83 trillion comets there's room for a lot more
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    I love this stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    people always forget that space is a really big place; even with 83 trillion comets there's room for a lot more

    Is such a thing even possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
    Is such a thing even possible?
    Anything is possible... With SCIENCE!
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    Your Logical-to-Dumbass ratio is way out of kilter, buddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    people always forget that space is a really big place; even with 83 trillion comets there's room for a lot more
    I was reading A Short History of Nearly Everything a while back, and Bryson had an amazing explanation. He said you could never really have a picture of our solar system that was to scale. If Earth was the size of a pea, Jupiter would be more than a thousand feet away. Pluto a mile and a half away and the size of bacteria. Our nearest star would be 10,000 miles away. If you shrunk the scale even more so that Jupiter was the size of a period, Pluto would be 35 feet away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
    Is such a thing even possible?
    Given how big space is, and how much stuff is out there, the real question is anything not possible?

    A year or so ago, they discovered that the the expansion of the universe is actually accelerating. That didn't really fit into the normal thought pattern of physics. So who the heck knows how any of this happens. Maybe our universe is just some little snow globe on some kid's nightstand, sort of like the galaxy on Orion's belt in Men In Black.
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    I don't know about that story, but I read the other day......

    There are MORE stars in the universe, than there are grains of sand on the entire earth...

    Think about that for a few minutes....How many deserts, beaches, how much sand there is.....and how small a grain of sand is.

    That's a mind f*ck.....

    Another one I read, was that a black hole with the same mass as the planet earth would only be the size of a 1 carat diamond earring.

    Imagine crushing and condensing all of the mountains, buildings, matter on earth down to a 1 carat diamond earring...

    It's hard to wrap your head around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRoebuck View Post
    I was reading A Short History of Nearly Everything a while back, and Bryson had an amazing explanation. He said you could never really have a picture of our solar system that was to scale. If Earth was the size of a pea, Jupiter would be more than a thousand feet away. Pluto a mile and a half away and the size of bacteria. Our nearest star would be 10,000 miles away. If you shrunk the scale even more so that Jupiter was the size of a period, Pluto would be 35 feet away.
    And then think about how far our solar system is from the next star in our galaxy, and how far across our galaxy is (IIRC, something like 100,000 light years?), and then how many galaxies are out there (more than the stars in the Milky Way) and how far apart they all are. The scale is pretty much incomprehensible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyTooBad View Post
    And then think about how far our solar system is from the next star in our galaxy, and how far across our galaxy is (IIRC, something like 100,000 light years?), and then how many galaxies are out there (more than the stars in the Milky Way) and how far apart they all are. The scale is pretty much incomprehensible.
    So is the notion of space travel to other star systems.
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    Galaxies can be so frickin massive that we can see them from earth with the naked eye. They look just like other stars to us. With a giant telescope, you can look through gaps of stars in the Milky Way and fill the lens with galaxies as if they were near-by stars.

    Ever seen the horse head nebula? It's 13 light years across and 1500 light years away from us. And all those things that look like stars in the picture? Those are galaxies (except for the couple of really bright ones).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyTooBad View Post
    Galaxies can be so frickin massive that we can see them from earth with the naked eye. They look just like other stars to us. With a giant telescope, you can look through gaps of stars in the Milky Way and fill the lens with galaxies as if they were near-by stars.

    Ever seen the horse head nebula? It's 13 light years across and 1500 light years away from us. And all those things that look like stars in the picture? Those are galaxies (except for the couple of really bright ones).

    Plus, the illusive man has a base around that one blue giant.
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