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It helps to put into perspective the distances that UFO's must travel if
come from the nearest galaxy to us.  Showing how long it would take at 60 mph
isn't really the best example but the time it would take at the speed of light
is interesting.

Distance to the Sun (at perihelion) = 91,400,000 miles
Speed of Light = 186,232 miles per second
Speed of Light = 670,615,200 miles per hour
Number of seconds in one year = 31,536,000 seconds
One light year = 5,874,589,152,000 miles
Years to Sun at 60 Miles per Hour = 173.8964992 years at 60mph

Distance to Proxima Centauri = 25,260,733,354,000 miles
Light Years to Proxima Centauri = 4.3 light years
Seconds to Proxima Centauri = 135,604,800 s. (at speed of light)
Hours to Proxima Centauri = 37,668 hours (at speed of light)
Days to Proxima Centauri = 1569.5 days (at speed of light)
Years to Proxima Centauri at 60MPH = 48,060,756 (at 60 miles per hour)

Distance to nearest Galaxy = 1,174,917,830,400,000,000 miles
Light Years to nearest Galaxy = 200,000 light years
Seconds to nearest Galaxy = 6,307,200,000,000 (at light speed)
Hours to nearest Galaxy = 1,752,000,000 (at light speed)
Days to nearest Galaxy = 73,000,000 (at light speed)
Years to nearest Galaxy at 60MPH = 2,235,384,000,000 (at 60 MPH)

Here is a guide to pronouncing some of the extremely large numbers up
there:

Zeroes  Name         Zeroes  Name
3  Thousand         33  Decillion
6  Million          36  Undecillion
9  Billion          39  Duodecillion
12  Trillion         42  Tredecillion
18  Quintillion      48  Quindecillion
21  Sextillion       51  Sexdecillion
24  Septillion       54  Septendecillion
27  Octillion        57  Octodecillion
30  Nonillion        60  Novemdecillion
63  Vigintillion

What if, for some strange reason we decided (and could) drive our cars
to the sun.  Well, going at 60 miles per hour, it would take us 174
years to get there.   That's not too long, right?

Imagine for a moment that you could drive to the nearest star, Proxima
Centauri in your car, at 60 miles per hour.  How long would it take?
According to the formula Distance = Rate * Time, it would take you over
48 million years.  Wow.

Image for a moment that you could drive to the nearest galaxy in your
car at 60 miles per hour.  How long would it take?  It would take 2.24
billion years.  Wow!

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