Thursday, April 16, 2009

Light years away!!!

Sombrero Galaxy-28 million light years from Earth. Below is the Hour Glass Nebula only 8,000 light years away
The Ant Nebula only 3 to 6,000 light years away.

The above pictures taken by the Hubbell telescope. Sent to me by Glendy

Stick with me through some figures......

The average human cannot understand the speed of light. I remember studying in school that light travels at 186,000 miles per second. For us to think about it is mind boggling. Going sixty miles an hour means in one minute we can go a mile. Wow a mile in a minute.

While we are going that mile light has traveled:
11,160,000 miles, imagine eleven million miles then tack on 160 thousand for good measure. So while we are going sixty miles in one hour, light is traveling 669 million, 600 thousand miles.

Now folks this is just in one hour. A light year is the distance light can travel in one year. There are 8,760 hours in a year times 669,600,000 equals 5,865,696,000,000 miles a year. If I figure right that is nearly 6 trillion miles.

It is roughly 92 million miles to the sun. It takes less than ten minutes for light to get to earth from the sun. If you could drive a car to the sun it would take you seven years 24/7 at 60mph to get there. So light is pretty fast.
I said all that to say this, Using the Hubbell telescope, scientists have found another something in space that is only 28 million light years away. In other words the light the scientists see now started this way 28 million years ago.

Now folks we ain’t never going there. I guess it is nice to know those facts, but even if it was headed this way to eat up the world, It is going to take it 28 million years to get here, shoot, even Lucy won’t live that long. (That’s my attempt at humor now Luce!) LOL

The pictures are beautiful, and hard to imagine those shapes and colors. But it is hard for me to think in light years.
Just thought you would like to know.

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Anonymous said...

Geez, I'm living in metric Canada, so now I have to calculate all of that into brain hurts.


shirl72 said...

Thanks for this information in case I decide to
drive to the moon.


Helen said...

You are getting pretty deep here LOL. My brain doesn't function fast enough to keep up with you. Helen

Lucy said...

You hit the nail on the head when you said I would not live that long. Numbers like that are making my head spin.

Melanie said...

::::passes out from too much math:::::

now i have a


Paula said...

Glad you have all this info. in your head. If I ever need to know any of it I'll know who to ask. What does Sherry say about it?

Bookncoffee said...

Those pictures of space are incredible. Looks magical and unbelievable - or more like a light show in vegas or something. Yeah maybe that is what is really going on - the aliens have discovered neon signs! It's partyville out there. lol
No I have not been drinking. Hope you all have a nice weekend.

Sheila Y said...

I'm just going to have to take your word for it Jack. They are amazing pictures. Sheila