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Friday, February 14, 2020

Ever imagined what it would be like to traverse the Solar System at the speed of light? This is a video which attempts to re-create the out-of-this world experience. The ultimate ride begins on the surface of the sun, hurling you outwards at 186,000 miles per second, past the orbiting planets, the asteroid belt, until finally the sun appears as a faint glimmer among a sea of other stars.

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The part that surprised me the most was that the first major asteroid belt object (Vesta) to the last (Hygiea) was about one fifth the distance "traveled" at Hygiea, at which point you could see the full orbits of the three inner planets but were still just barely half way to Jupiter.

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The most surprising thing to me was how Mercury is not that close at all to the Sun - it seemed to be taking a helluva long time to get there when the impression from school had always been that it is so very close.

#1 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-02-15 12:02 AM | Reply

The video only runs for 45 minutes, which only gets us barely past Jupiter (it only took a bit over eight minutes to reach Earth). Then the distances really start to stretch out, with Saturn ANOTHER 36 minutes past Jupiter. If they had run the video until light had reached Pluto, it would have been well over FIVE hours long (and those last three hours would have been really boring).

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#2 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-15 12:25 AM | Reply

Holy cow, the speed of light is just too darn slow. We need to be working on some warp drive to get anywhere. You can't blame Iain Banks' ship Minds for cranking it up to 50,000 times c.

#3 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-02-15 12:56 AM | Reply

"186,000 miles per second"

Mind blowing.

I would think that a collision with anything, even a rice sized object, would be catastrophic.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-02-15 01:45 AM | Reply

Considering that at the moment, the only thing that we know that travels at the speed-of-light is LIGHT itself, I don't think we need to worry about any "collisions", at least not the kind which would prove to be "catastrophic" ;-)

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#5 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-02-15 02:05 AM | Reply

Shields up!

#6 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2020-02-15 02:28 AM | Reply

Funny how the Bible calls Jesus "the light of the world" and no one gets the play on sun/son. The sun is the only external force that, if it were too disappear tomorrow, would cause total extinction of planet Earth. All other resources are generated within the home front. No doubt that the Son rising from the dead on Dec 25th is somehow linked to life rising after the three shortest days of the year during the winter solstice.

Have fun with that.

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2020-02-15 07:57 PM | Reply

#7 | POSTED BY LFTHNDTHRDS

the 'resurrection' is also an observable astronomical event.

When the sun stops its 'downward' drift, it appears to stop for three days (Dec. 22, 23, 24 - ish) before coming back 'upward'.

**** - 'down' and 'up' are terms relative only to earth-bound observers.

--------Of course everyone knows the real science....every morning, Horus does battle with Set and goes streaking across the sky, then in the evening, Set vanquishes Horus till the next day.

#8 | Posted by kudzu at 2020-02-17 10:25 AM | Reply

If you ever are feeling useless at your job remember there is someone whose sole job is to install turn signals on BMW cars.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-02-17 12:19 PM | Reply

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