Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Yum... Milky Way

Apparently, the Milky Way is bigger than we thought:

"That difference means a lot, said study author Mark Reid of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. The slight 5'5", 140-pound astrophysicist said it's the cosmic equivalent of him suddenly bulking up to the size of a 6'3", 210-pound NFL linebacker."

I have no idea why he threw the "NFL linebacker" thing in there, unless it was to suggest that a scientist's brain is 15% bigger and has 50% more mass than a football player's...

But anyway, imagine if the Milky Way galaxy was a Milky Way candy bar! I wouldn't mind if they suddenly became 15% larger in breadth and 50% more dense.

But then again, I wouldn't mind if I were 140 pounds, either...

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