Monday, September 19, 2011

Snail trail

I recently found out that, in 2050, when I am 99 correction... 89 years old, the Voyager I spacecraft will finally reach a distance of one light-day away from the Earth. Light would take 24 hours to reach that point from the Earth.

A man-made satellite will have taken 73 years to get there. At this same rate, it'll be over 26,000 years before Voyager I has travelled a light-year. The nearest star is more than 4 light-years away - in the wrong direction.



Anonymous said...

In 2050 you'll only be 90 dude. :) Heidi

Karl Plesz said...

89 actually. See what happens when your memory starts to degrade?