Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Next Solar System Over

Let's say out sun was exploding, and we needed to get out of here.
Our best bet would be to go to the next nearest star, because there might be planets and there is for sure energy.
How far is the next nearest star?
4 light years and a bit.
4?! That's not a big number at all!
So we hop into our RV and start driving at 100 kilometers an hour, straight at that star.
How long till we get there?
Just, uh, 46 million years.
Think of how many generations would come an go in that RV.
And now take into consideration evolution.
The oldest primate fossils ever found are 47 million years old.

37 Comments:

At 31 May 2011 at 23:18 , Blogger D4 said...

By the time we got there we'd be a different species. The idea turns me on in the weirdest ways.

 
At 31 May 2011 at 23:33 , Blogger Astronomy Pirate said...

A spacecraft would likely go a lot faster then a 100 kilometers an hour, the New Horizons probe, the fastest thing we're made, is going some 58,536 km/h. It would still take a long time to reach another star, but the idea right now is building a generation or millennial ship, something that would be capable of sustaining a couple of generations worth of spaceflight.

 
At 31 May 2011 at 23:44 , Blogger Dejch said...

but you age slower in space :D

 
At 31 May 2011 at 23:45 , Blogger Dejch said...

and oh sorry forgot to add... maybe a stargate is a solution?

 
At 31 May 2011 at 23:47 , Blogger Colin Biano said...

i want a space travelling RV

 
At 1 June 2011 at 00:15 , Blogger Malkavian said...

Damn, if we used a space ship that moved at the speed of light it would be 4years, still that is a lot of time to be crammed up in a flying washing machine.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 00:43 , Blogger Moobeat said...

cool

 
At 1 June 2011 at 00:53 , Blogger logo mess said...

Haha, it would take us our whole lifetime to get to that star! Wow amazing information.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 00:53 , Blogger Fermium Death said...

That means if we go to that star, in 46 million years later some kind of alien will be excavating us :P

 
At 1 June 2011 at 01:35 , Blogger The Angry Lurker said...

Damn, now you got me thinking.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 01:47 , Blogger Triper said...

The only way to travel fast is break the lightspeed. only way..

 
At 1 June 2011 at 01:48 , Blogger James said...

So we're pretty much screwed. Unless we can harness the full extent of nuclear power, in which we can contain it. Using the same fuel source which powers the sun. So if we managed to go a little slower than the speed of light it would take, depending on which speed it would be, around 100+ years. :D

 
At 1 June 2011 at 01:58 , Blogger Laughing Vault said...

damn, thats big

 
At 1 June 2011 at 02:58 , Blogger Delirium Tiger said...

Ok but even our space ships fly faster that 100 km/h. As a matter of fact with current state of technology we can theoreticaly build vessel capable of 0,25 of light speed. (yet i don't know which tech it is nuclear bomb shockwave or laser sail or gravitional sling)

 
At 1 June 2011 at 03:10 , Blogger kxxthanxx said...

damn it! were doomed...

 
At 1 June 2011 at 03:30 , Blogger gman said...

hence the search for faster than light travel

 
At 1 June 2011 at 03:52 , Blogger SNS said...

The universe is amazing

 
At 1 June 2011 at 04:19 , Blogger HiFi said...

That would take forever. Lol. Time for new propulsion technologies.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 05:08 , Blogger NorthernLad said...

So, basically, we would evolve into some transcendent species while traveling? Sounds fine to me.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 05:34 , Blogger Lemons Don't Make Lemonade said...

Okay, I'd better start going to church then.

I always get a bit freaked out when people talk about the possibilities of planets colliding into earth or whatever.

and 47 million years?

Wow. Wow.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 05:49 , Blogger Gabi said...

Teehee. That means a lot of sex in the backs of cars.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 05:49 , Blogger dalexus said...

wow quite big numbers

 
At 1 June 2011 at 05:58 , Blogger bb31 said...

wow... that's a long way away.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 06:29 , Blogger Dave said...

Not too far away then lol.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 08:14 , Blogger Mercurio said...

I'd like to repopulate the new planet with some models.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 08:23 , Blogger ttoti said...

Thats a long time

 
At 1 June 2011 at 08:42 , Blogger sp3nny said...

let's just hope that the sun does not explode

 
At 1 June 2011 at 10:00 , Blogger Doro said...

Astronomy and their big... tfu.. HUGE numbers. You know how many stars contain the galaxy? And for each star count +few plantets. Also you have a lot of group of galaxies, and more and more... It's so amazing!

 
At 1 June 2011 at 10:57 , Blogger Thorfan said...

Lol, doesnt sound like we'll make it.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 12:01 , Blogger Rob said...

even more interesting is on a quantum level we're made of things that move at near light speed.

 
At 1 June 2011 at 14:34 , Blogger OatmealStout said...

It's only a matter of time before RVs can take us to other planets!

 
At 1 June 2011 at 15:35 , Blogger ed said...

im waiting for the day they figure out how to travel faster than speed of light

 
At 1 June 2011 at 19:15 , Blogger Ada said...

>46 million years to move
>oldest fossils 47 million years

We're doomed, aren't we?

 
At 1 June 2011 at 22:17 , Blogger fit4life said...

the universe is so huge..

 
At 2 June 2011 at 07:28 , Blogger Matt said...

Universe is the host to the biggest numbers, I think even after your analysis its STILL a little hard to fathom it all.

 
At 2 June 2011 at 11:45 , Blogger Daniel said...

or we can move earth, like the event

 
At 4 June 2011 at 09:12 , Blogger Alexis said...

I think we'll get there one day, somehow...too bad if we don't.

 

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