Sometimes I Wonder…
Sometimes I wonder about the size of the universe. The Universe is so big that it’s almost impossible to conceive. But even if we downsize and explore the size of our own galaxy or even just our own solar system, we realize that even those numbers are incredibly large.
You’d have to travel one light year from Earth to exit our solar system. You’d have to travel another 3.2 light years to get to the next nearest star, Proxima Centauri. The Milky Way galaxy has about 200 to 400 BILLION stars and almost as many planets, with about 10-20 billion of those being Earth-sized with 4.5 billion of those planets being Earth-like. There are about 500 BILLION known galaxies in the Universe. There may be as many as 300 sextillion (300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) stars in the sky.
Voyager 1 has traveled further than any man mad object in history. It has been in flight for 35 years and 6 months and it has just entered the heliosphere. Voyager 1 is 18,476,579,877 KM from Earth or 0.00195301775 light years out. If it travels for another 40,000 years, it will get withing 1.6 light years of another star, AC+79 3888 and no where near the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri.
Happy Friday, y’all.