Growing old is a bitch..

Time to have fun with numbers and make everyone feel really old. This post won’t entirely be related to time alone though, so for those of you having a midlife crisis, relax and read on 🙂


  • One million seconds is 11.57 days.
  • One billion seconds is 31.69 years.
  • One trillion seconds is 31,688.8 years.
  • One quadrillion seconds is older than humanity.
  • One quintillion seconds is older than The Universe.

DISTANCE – Speed constant at 100 kilometres an hour

  • It would take you 3,884 hours to drive to the Moon
  • It would take you 1,148,000,000 hours to drive to Mars
  • It would take you 47,630,000,000 hours to drive to Pluto
  • It would take you 3.988,000,000,000 hours to drive to Proxima Centauri
  • It would take you 58,550,000,000,000 hours to drive to Kepler-22b

STRENGTH – Numbers are rounded appropriately

Assume a hockey rink of infinite distance, constant at 50% relative humidity and 21 degrees Celsius

  • The fastest “Slap Shot” in NHL Hockey is clocked in at 175.1 km/h
  • That puck can travel a maximum distance of 805 metres before coming to a complete stop, on ice.
  • That puck would take 91 days to reach the Moon.
  • It would cause an impact crater only 1500 centimetres across and only 5 centimetres deep upon impact
  • Bonus Fact #1 Due to radiation hitting the moon and no atmosphere, the puck would turn white after roughly 2 years, if not covered by Moon dust
  • Bonus Fact #2 The puck would not decompose or disintegrate; ever

Jeff Wilton

Jeff is the founder and owner of Everyday Science Stuff. ESS is a one man operation, with the core belief that all education should be served without crippling debt tuition, without revenue generating ads and without any restrictions of any kind such as paywalls, forced login and account creations, geographical restrictions, and so on.

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2 Responses

  1. Evan Dean says:

    I think you accidentally left out a 000 on the Proxima Centauri distance.

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