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Old 9/7/11, 10:11 PM
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How small we are, really, but man do we MOVE!!!

It's become a thing I do, to tell a person on their birthday, "Oh, Happy Birthday! Well done on your 592 Million Mile journey!"

And then I get the tilted "confused dog" head look. I'm bettin' some of you did that just now. I can explain! Honest. Ready?

For this example, you are standing still. You are at 30 Degrees North Latitude on this Earth (namely Houston, TX area.) At this location, the rotation of the Earth means you will travel 21,565 miles in a day, again, just standing in one place. In a year (which is technically 365.25 for Leap Year purposes), this is 7,876,616.25 miles. Now, we might can go ahead and round up to a simple 7.9M miles because it's entirely possible a person can move about the 23383.75K miles it would take to make this up. So 7.9M it is.

Now, the Earth itself orbits the sun, and in that same year, you can add another 584M miles, for a total of 591.9M miles, which I just simply rounded up to 592M, because, honestly, it's geeky to say that 1.9 bit.

The Solar System we're in happens to also rotate about the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. In a year, that's another 4.510 BILLION miles, and with the 592M miles, we've moved 5.102 Billion miles so far in a year.

Not done yet though, because the Milky Way is movin' through this universe towards the Andromeda galaxy. It's velocity moves us another 5.838B miles in a year. Please note, this is just the Milky Way's movement, the direction *happens* to be towards Andromeda, but Andromedas' movement is not part of the equation.

We've now moved a total of 10.94 Billion Miles in a year... and there's more. The Local Group, of which the Milky Way, Andromeda, and various other galaxies and globular clusters are part of, overall has a movement in the direction of the Hydra Constellation. This movement adds up to another 11.746 billion miles in a year.

Total so far? 22.686 Billion miles a person has traveled in a year, approximately. And techically speaking, we're not done! There's the Virgo Cluster movement, but at this scale, it's just not possible to come up with really good numbers anymore. I mean, an observable universe with a diameter (that we know of) of 93 billion light years (or (545,868,419,328,000,000,000,000 Miles) and you see how there's probably gonna be a big swing of +/- errors induced by the time we get to the Virgo Cluster's scale of things.

Besides, at 22.686 Billion miles a year, I'm just plain tired of movin', aren't you?

/Nerd moment? Yeah. But I did the work, wanted to put it somewhere.
//592M miles is plenty enough for most.

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Wow... After reading this, I think its time for bed... Night!
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His weeds better than mine
Well, hardier anyway. **** things keep growing even though I keep mowin' them down.

/wait, whut?
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I had to look this up. Glad it's still here! So.. yeah, bump.
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I still don't like the 2015 mustang

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I still don't like the 2015 mustang

Agreed but back to the topic at hand. Wow thats a lot but im glad that someone has done the math. Now back to the road :P
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Old 10/29/18, 09:54 PM
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I had reason to look this thread up, so you guys/gals know what?



/We've moved over 90 billion miles from where we last saw this. Unbelievable, right?
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What kind of gas mileage are we getting?
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Old 10/30/18, 07:21 PM
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Well, pretty good I'd guess. I mean, the universe is still very gassy, after all...
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Well, pretty good I'd guess. I mean, the universe is still very gassy, after all...
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