I'm looking for a word or even scientific term to describe something being so large it is beyond rational comprehension?
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I have two suggestions.
The first, fitting your description so large it is beyond rational comprehension, is inconceivable:
impossible to imagine or think of (Cambridge)
Or even just go straight for incomprehensibly big / numerous / etc.
One of the most appropriate adjectives (as it works in so many contexts), though, is astronomical, which fits the sense of scale you evoked.
It is so large it is imponderable.
1. not ponderable; that cannot be precisely determined, measured, or evaluated. noun
2. an imponderable thing, force, agency, etc.
Immeasurable could suggest that it is beyond the scope of human measurement:
incapable of being measured; limitless - Dictionary.com
Likewise inordinate could suggest something beyond normal limits:
not within proper or reasonable limits; immoderate; excessive - Dictionary.com
Prodigious means extraordinarily large, but not so much so that it's beyond comprehension:
extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc. - Dictionary.com
Or you could simply add "incomprehensibly" or "numinously" before any adjective meaning large, e.g. "numinously massive", "incomprehensibly huge".
I would suggest 'immense'.
- Unmeasured; so great that it has not been or cannot be measured; immeasurably large; of boundless extent; infinite. ? Obs.
Infinite: Having no boundaries or limits; impossible to measure or calculate
Transcendent: 1. Surpassing others; preeminent or supreme; 2. superior or supreme.
Inscrutable: Difficult to understand or interpret; impenetrable
Incomparable: 1. Being such that comparison is impossible; incommensurable; 2. So outstanding as to be beyond comparison; unsurpassed.
Incommensurable: 1. Impossible to measure or compare; 2. Lacking a common quality on which to make a comparison.