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How "Far" Is Time

Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,246
edited 9:22AM in Off Topic
We have a basic understanding of how "Long" is time but how "Far" is it?

It's subjective, of course, and probably not fully comprehensible to average humans. But I ran across this example that helps to see the difference.

http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/the-vastness-of-time/pq9ixuc

You're welcome.

Spring "Time, Oh Time, Where Did You Go" Chicken
Spring Texas USA

Comments

  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,971
    Just in time.

    In the nick of time.

    One more time.

    On time.

    It's time for ...

    What does it all mean?

    Good video though. He's interesting to watch.
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    but i keep hearing the earth is only 6000 years old.... now what am i supposed to think?
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    have you ever heard the concept where the age of the universe (12 to 13 billion years old) is compressed into a year's time?

    if the big bang occurs at midnight, January 1st, and the entire age of the universe is stretched out across the calendar in one year's time, you get an idea of the scale of time.

    i haven't done the math, but this is in line with a couple examples i found on the web

    very roughly:

    -nothing much of our concern happens until some time in august, when our sun forms
    -in november, the first multi-cell organisms appear
    -dinosaurs appear on or about christmas eve
    -first mammals, christmas day
    -on new year's eve, last day of the year, the first apes appear around 11 in the morning.
    -six minutes before midnight, the first modern humans appear
    -fifteen seconds before midnight, our written history begins
    -ten seconds before midnight, the pyramids are built
    -one second before midnight, christopher columbus lands in the New World
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • That's a very good way of describing it.

    I visited Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ a few years ago. It was closed at the time but they had a path laid out starting at the Sun. The path led up the hill to each planet, with the spacing scaled to how far it was from the sun.

    It was interesting to see the growing distance, both from the sun and from the planets. But the distance from Neptune to Pluto (it's still a planet to me) was quite a hike.

    Until then, Pluto was just about the same distance from its neighboring planets because all the graphics and charts while growing up told me so. I guess if the publishers of science books depicted Pluto correctly they would have had to use a fold-out. I wasn't exposed to fold-outs until about 1953 (Thank you Hugh Hefner).

    Spring "How Long Is A Circle" Chicken
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    probably the same year you discovered pop-ups
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
  • :ermm:

    Uh!

    Spring "Not The Only One" Chicken
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