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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
15 Quadrillion 45 Quattuordecillion
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!
EMail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank
