A Science Daily writer gives his take of a new paper by K. A. Alamo-Martínez et al. about unimaginable numbers of globular clusters, here:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130912112728.htm

They reference the article here: http://iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/775/1/20/ and they have the full paper for $9. Not bad compared to four or five times that for some journals, but too rich for my blood. Partly, I don’t really understand most of the details. Still it I get the magnitude, and the implications are awesome. (Awe is good.)

These guys write it up too:

http://www.space.com/22821-hubble-photo-galaxy-cluster-darkmatter.html

Basically, if anyone notices this and cares to enlighten me, I’d appreciate the lesson. The technical, quantitative details (and jargon) in the astrophysical journal article are just a bit beyond my own study, and a bit farther than I want to pursue, at least at the moment.  Read the rest of this entry »