Aliens: There Are 10-20X More Galaxies In the Universe Than Previously Estimated

October 13, 2016

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According to a recent study released by an international team of astronomers, the known universe has some 10 - 20X the number of galaxies as previously estimated. That moves the figure from some 100 billion galaxies to 1 - 2 trillion. This also increases the number of estimated stars in the universe to 700 sextillion, or 700 thousand billion billion, or, in layman's numbers, a real shitload.

Using new mathematical models, the astronomers were also able to infer the existence of galaxies that the current generation of telescopes cannot detect. The researchers say there must be a further 90 percent of galaxies in the observable universe that are too dim and far away for us to see using current telescopes.


"It boggles the mind that over 90 percent of the galaxies in the universe have yet to be studied," noted [lead astronomer Christoper] Conselice. "Who knows what interesting properties we will find when we discover these galaxies with future generations of telescopes?"

Honestly, it boggles my mind that we've studied any galaxies. I can hardly believe we still don't think the world is flat and if you try to sail around it you'll fall off and get swallowed by one of the giant turtles holding it up. God, I just want the opportunity to have sex with aliens, is that so much to ask? "Yes." Wow -- really, God? The one question you finally decide to answer?

Thanks to Dev, n0entity and Sarah, who agree it's only a matter of time until astronomers decide it's actually another 10X this figure.

  • shawn robson

    Dark energy is there to explain the expansion of the universe, dark matter is there to explain why galaxies don't fly apart. This has no affect on either.

  • I'm curious if this changes the current perspective of total mass in the universe, or if all of these new galaxies plug into the same equation to account for all of that missing mass and scientists can finally drop this whole "OMG DARK MATTER" bullshit.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    If i remember right there's a few other reasons to think that dark matter is there but I was wondering the same thing, it must at least effect the percentages etc. I'm sure some physics fella will turn up to teach us soon...

  • Erswi

    Dark Matter and Dark Energy are there because of all the matter and energy that we know of in the universe, it should be collapsing. Yet, data still indicates that the universe is in fact expanding. Dark Matter and Dark Energy are shortcuts used to represent that which we do not yet know or understand which is causing this expansion.

  • Jenness

    Or maybe we really are just dust in some giant's pocket.

  • Bubbubsky

    There is out there, somewhere. The odds of us being alone in the universe must be infinitesimal.

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