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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Getting a glimpse of the big picture.

I've been going to the Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calender 2008 every day this month. And let me tell you-- petty problems melt.

BTW, for those of y'all who don't think about these things a lot, a light year is the distance that light travels in a year.

The speed of light is c, which is 186,000 miles per second.

That's about 5,869,713,600,000 miles. Getting on toward six trillion miles, for just one light year of distance. Makes our little 8.5 light-minute A.U. of 93 million miles seem pretty insignificant, doesn't it?

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4 Comments:

At Wednesday, December 10, 2008 2:43:00 PM, Blogger Crucis said...

I've downloaded several of those shots and made wall paper out of them. Nice visual change when you need it.

 
At Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:38:00 PM, Blogger Barrett B. said...

Might want to edit that to read "6 trillion".

That's still a darned big number.

 
At Wednesday, December 10, 2008 7:22:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Oopsie. I miscounted the commas. That would be almost 6 Trillion, with a "T", rather than a "Q."

 
At Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:41:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

What's a decimal point between friends... :-) Yep, the pics are phenomenal, no question. AND they have given scientists a real leg up on learning about the cosmos, some of which will eventually benefit mankind...

 

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