How big is our sun compared to the rest of the stars in the milky way galaxy?

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triangle.128k says2015-07-27T18:43:15.2535424-05:00
Some people I've met don't even realize that the sun is a star...
TBR says2015-07-27T19:03:18.6467292-05:00
I had always been told "average", but this video is cool
TBR says2015-07-27T19:04:15.8655424-05:00
Or this one.
sadolite says2015-07-27T19:27:25.2624034-05:00
It is a spec compared to the largest stars here is a size comparison
TBR says2015-07-27T19:31:28.7000830-05:00
The question is not as easy to answer as it seems. Like sadolite says, there are some monsters out there, making our star a speck. BUT... Triangle.128k notes that most are red dwarfs. I think its noteworthy that using any scale, our sun is not very special.
sadolite says2015-07-27T19:35:13.7612830-05:00
Ya, the question is as easy as it seems. If you want to go into semantics about their differences then..........But as far as what is big and what is small the words speak for themselves.
triangle.128k says2015-07-27T19:38:15.9069424-05:00
@TBR Yeah but I chose large because the sun is a lot bigger than the majority of stars. The giants that are millions of times it's size are very infrequent. They do stand out however, given they can outshine millions of smaller stars around them. (Probably the reason why the milky way has a blu-ish tint to it)
sadolite says2015-07-27T19:40:13.7648830-05:00
Ok i'll give you that when you average them.
triangle.128k says2015-07-27T19:43:26.3468830-05:00
It really depends how you interpret the question also, but you can compare it to wealth in at least developed countries. Lawyers are pretty rich, they're much more wealthy than most other people. But, their money is dwarfed if you compare it to a few million/billionaires.
TBR says2015-07-27T22:21:40.2038809-05:00
@sadolite - Averaged on what? The red dwarfs (old) as they are now? How big they once were? Out of the total number of stars that we know, where are we RIGHT NOW, about average, or larger than average.
TBR says2015-07-27T22:23:43.6648216-05:00
Again, I would note that our star is... Nothing very special. Works nice for us, but is not unique.
triangle.128k says2015-07-27T22:59:15.5531580-05:00
Arguably, we would be better off under a smaller star. Smaller stars live longer than larger ones.
TBR says2015-07-29T13:54:34.5230608-05:00
Watch it triangle.128k. Perfectly engineered by God and all.
o0jeannie0o says2015-07-29T19:21:20.9522278Z
My normal way to average would be taking all the stars diamater adding it together and dividing them by the count of the stars. In this respect our star is much smaller due to how enormus the red giants are
TBR says2015-07-30T01:27:17.2954906Z
But, that begs the question, at what time in the life of the star. Our star will expand, just like others. So.... Do we compare the size at about the same time in the life of each star?
sadolite says2015-07-30T22:58:59.0364290Z
Oh Jesus, argument for the sake of argument

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