[ExI] scale of the universe

Kelly Anderson kellycoinguy at gmail.com
Mon Jun 20 21:50:15 UTC 2011

Now, what would be interesting would be to put dollars and cents in
this picture... :-)

$1 = 1 meter...

The cost of a single byte of hard drive storage ($80 for a 2TB Drive)
is close to the size of a Helium atom.
A penny would be $0.01 dollars, where the grain of rice is...
A dollar would be where the meter is...
Half Dome would be around a week's salary... $420
A marathon would be a year's salary for a typical day laborer, $26,000
The diameter of the moon would represent $3,500,000, about what the
government spends in an hour and a half.
The largest lottery jackpot of all time $390,000,000 is about twice
the size of Jupiter.
The cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq together are nearly the
size of the sun.  $1,200,000,000,000
The 2012 budget of $3,700,000,000,000 is larger than the largest known
star, but smaller than the orbit of Pluto.
The Kuiper Belt is the current national debt... $15,000,000,000,000
The current gross world product is $30 trillion per year, is just a
third larger than the Homonculous Nebula.
The total unfunded liability of the US Government of
$144,000,000,000,000 is half the size of the Sting Ray Nebula!
According to Wikipedia, the replacement value of the entire earth is
the size of the Great Orion Nebula. $195,000,000,000,000,000
And here is a number to blow your mind... If you value electricity at
10 cents per Kilowatt hour, the energy output of our sun in one second
is worth
Which on the scale is the size of our Local Galactic Group.
The value of all the power of the sun for an entire year would be
approximately the Estimated Size of the Universe...

If nothing else, that gives you quite a bit of respect for the power
of the sun! Hopefully, I haven't messed up the math too badly; it's
hard to get these big numbers exactly right. YMMV on some of the
numbers, but the order of magnitude is right... :-)


On Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 11:17 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:
> I have some problems with the animation. It includes preons, which are
> completely hypothetical and have no real support. It gives a size for the
> neutrino, which I have a hard time understanding - they are believed to be
> pointlike, and if that is the spread of a wave packet it is too short. And
> the center of the universe thing is just a mistake.
> Still, it remains one of the better animations in this genre despite the
> simple graphics. There are more nice-looking ones out there, but this one
> has a nice sense of presence by being fairly densely filled in.
> Mike Dougherty wrote:
>> I discussed with a coworker the nearly unimaginable bigness of space.
>> His comment sums it up nicely:  "I have enough difficulty judging what
>> size Tupperware ideally fits dinner leftovers, I'm not prepared to
>> imagine the volume of space-time"
> Isn't that one of the saddest things? Worse, most people think the
> tupperware is more important.
> --
> Anders Sandberg,
> Future of Humanity Institute
> Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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