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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 07:50 am
When you see our position and size relative to the universe, you can easily understand why Douglas Adams thought showing people this information would be a good way of executing them. "The Toal Perspective Vortex" showed the condemned their placement and total insignificance relative to the entire universe. Smile

http://earthsky.org/space/galaxy-universe-location

http://en.es-static.us/upl/2008/10/virgo-supercluster.gif

"The Milky Way galaxy is one of a few dozen galaxies known as the Local Group.

Astronomers have discovered that our Local Group is on the outskirts of a giant cluster of several thousand galaxies – which astronomers call the Virgo Cluster."

Another thing worth knowing about is the universe's 'cosmic web' image showing the entirety of the known universe.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Observable_Universe_with_Measurements_01.png

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/98/Observable_Universe_with_Measurements_01.png/600px-Observable_Universe_with_Measurements_01.png

long load time for full-size. 800x600 above is sufficient.

"Visualization of the whole observable universe. The scale is such that the fine grains represent collections of large numbers of superclusters. The Virgo Supercluster – home of Milky Way – is marked at the center, but is too small to be seen."
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Reply Mon 10 Aug, 2015 09:33 am
@HesDeltanCaptain,
Hess, 'nuff to make ya b'lieve in Her
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