The Galaxy That Got Too Big


IC 1101 is the largest known galaxy in the universe. It’s thought to contain around 100 trillion stars. Credit: Wikimedia

We can’t help ourselves—we’re crazy about big things. We’ll venture miles out of our way to see the world’s “largest” rifle (33.3 feet long; Ishpeming, Michigan), high-heeled shoe (6.1 feet tall; New York City), or ball of twine (7.8 million feet unraveled; Cawker City, Kansas). And for what? Spectacle aside, the largest things rarely make much sense. It’s harder, not easier, to fry a tasty egg with the largest frying pan, or drive a screw with the largest screwdriver. In nature, too, size often comes with a cost. READ MORE HERE

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