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Animaniacs – Yakko's Universe January 4, 2007

Posted by truthspew in animaniacs, astronomy, cartoons, Monty Python, science, YouTube.
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So the Animaniacs tackle cosmology/astronomy. How very nice – The universe is a mind boggling huge place. So huge in fact that we use a little symbol for infinity.

Even our own Milky Way is huge.

Ok, light travels at 3×10^8 m/sec. Do the conversion to miles yourself.

Anyhow – the nearest galaxy is what, Andromeda 2 million light years away from the Milky Way Galaxy which is about 80,000 to 100,000 light-years in diameter, about 250,000 to 300,000 light-years in circumference, and outside the Galactic core, about 1,000 light-years in thickness.

Even traveling at the speed of light it’d take 80,000-100,000 YEARS to traverse from the middle to edge of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Lets say we manage to get to half the speed of light. To traverse the thickness of the bulge in the Milky Way would take 2,000 years.

Anyways, here’s Yakko giving us a comical but technically accurate rendering of the galaxy and universe.

And then of course that was based on this Monty Python skit: