posted on May, 21 2008 @ 12:46 AM
Originally posted by win 52
Yes, in terms of driving to the local Target, it seems like a long way away.
a long long way ,very very FAR!
In terms of the farthest Galaxy, it is fairly close. Please try not to think in such narrow minded fashion.
Not thinking narrow mindedly , these distances are FACT! Hard to comprehend the extreme distances.
I ask you , please just try to think.
This is not opinion or theory nor mild conjecture and most certainly, not science fiction.
21,000 light years is TWENTY ONE THOUSAND
Light years, PERIOD.
You are thinking of taking the space shuttle there, right?
Try to think about taking the SS Enterprise, how long would that take?
Ok I’ll bite. Lets just say that ’ol Captain Kirk’s Enterprise warp drives can go the speed of light.
[this is the undisputed cosmic speed limit in the known universe] Yep, Flat out fast. 300,000 Km per second. Now if he just left Earth at that speed,
it will take him……….wait for it……
TWENTY ONE THOUSAND YEARS
(earth time) to get there!! …….Get it yet?
Now, inverse square law is in effect here, so the energy dissipation at these distances, well it’s Astronomical. But lets not really go there until
the fundamentals of these distances are understood!
Lets just say, it would be like trying to feel the heat of a birthday candle that is 1 million miles away.
Edit to note: the altering of time at relativistic speeds has not been factored for this simplistic example, this is to illustrate this distance.
[edit on 21-5-2008 by Zeptepi]