Originally posted by HomerinNC
lets stick to the topic on hand please
I remember finding out the distance to the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. Other than our sun, Proxima Centauri is the closest star to our solar
system. I read that if we could travel at light speed (186,000 miles per second) htis very long trip would still take 4.2 years.
But, without the speed of light, using our current mode of space travel, this journey would take 50-70 THOUSAND years!!!!
Then my daughter asked me how large the Milky Way Galaxy is. At the time I didn't know, so we looked it up together (100,000 light years across).
At first, i didn't understand what that meant.....then I read about light years and the speed of light (186,000 miles per second).
When I put 2 and 2 together, I was forever blown away about the cosmos!!
Basically, this means that if I had the ability to travel at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) and went from one end of the Milky Way
Galaxy to the other, it would take 100,000 years!!!!
Then I learned that it takes 2.3 million LIGHT YEARS to reach our next-door- neighbor galaxy, Andromeda.
We are truly insignificant in the grand scheme of things....we are only important to ourselves. Not saying that to be pessimistic, but just analyzing
our 'place' in the universe.
My famous saying is We are not the center of the universe, neither physically nor figuratively.