Size[change | change source]
The galaxy has a diameter of about 6 million light years, which makes it the largest known galaxy in terms of breadth. It is the central galaxy of a huge cluster which has a mass (mostly dark matter) of roughly 100 trillion stars. IC 1101 is more than 50 times the size of the Milky Way and 100 times as massive. If it were in place of our galaxy, it would swallow up the Large Magellanic Cloud, Small Magellanic Cloud, Andromeda Galaxy, and Triangulum Galaxy. IC 1101 owes its size to many collisions of much smaller galaxies about the size of the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies.
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for IC 1101. Retrieved 2006-11-11.
- Clarke T.E. et al 2004. The complex cooling core of A2029: radio and X-ray interactions. Astrophysical Journal. 616:178-191. 
- Uson, Juan M. et al (October 1990). "The central galaxy in Abell 2029 – an old supergiant". Science 250 (4980): 539–540. doi:10.1126/science.250.4980.539.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Wilford, John Noble (1990-10-26). "Sighting of largest galaxy hints clues on the clustering of matter". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
- IC 1101 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images
- The scale of the Universe (Astronomy Picture of the Day March 12, 2012)