"There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number.
From the Department of Mind-shattering Facts comes this gem:
A foe is a unit of energy equal to 1044joules or 1051ergs, used to measure the large amount of energy produced by a supernova. The word is an acronym derived from the phrase [ten to the power of] fifty-one ergs.
If 1051 hasn’t made you faint, get this — all the energy the sun has, is and will ever produce throughout its entire lifetime of 10 billion years is 1 foe. A supernova puts out 1 foe of energy, the equivalent of our sun, every few seconds. By the time you finish this sentence, a supernova somewhere just ejected four to five suns.
“The big foreplay.” — Anon.
I just finished reading this piece that absolutely blew my mind by the scale of the events that happened. As an exercise, I made an attempt to visualize just how large a scale we are talking about here…
Each dot is the Sun and all the dots put together form the mass of the star that was torn apart by the black hole… dayum, that’s one hell of a black hole right there.
But the mind-blowing action doesn’t stop there. They measured the brightness of this star as it was getting torn apart peaking at 4 trillion times brighter than the Sun, but even then it’s not even a blip in the cosmic radar…