Thursday, October 18, 2007

Learning about galactic objects can make our concerns seem a little insignificant.
It takes the Solar System about 225–250 million years to complete one orbit (a galactic year),[28] and so it is thought to have completed about 20–25 orbits during its lifetime or 0.0008 orbit since the origin of humans.

Sometimes, one feels very small...

4 comments:

Bag said...

Unless of course you are like Zaphod Beeblebrox thinking about it will give you a headache.

Thats why I like where some of the films where they zoom out from earth and we see how insignificant we are.

But even when we look at it as the lifetime of this planet alone when you run a ribbon round the room to represent the lifetime of the planet and mark how long the dinosaurs were here and then us it makes you think really about where we fit in and the conclusion makes you quiet for a bit.

Not for long though. There is plenty to shout about.

John Trenchard said...

reminds me of Carl Sagan's Cosmic Calendar


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2qezQzfgIY

Vindico said...

It does indeed make me feel insignificant. Unfortuantely most peoples brain's can't cope. Polly Toynbee would probably ague that it is disgraceful how selfish bodies of mass have their own gravity which pulls in all objects around it to increase it's own mass. Far better that gravity be distributed evenly amongst all bodies!

Anonymous said...

Sorry DK but this is complete & utter bollocks. I can assure you that the universe revolves a fucking sight faster than that. Saturday night,last, after I'd got back from the pub it was going round so quickly that I nearly didn't make the bathroom in time.