Monday, May 4, 2009

Come Explore the Future with Me!

I recently read that our Local Group of galaxies is moving towards the Virgo Supercluster at 375 miles per second. That's very fast. After doing the calculations, I came to the conclusion that due to time dilation, every day on earth we move 0.7 seconds in the future relative to the rest of the universe. That means in the 4.6 billion years the earth has been around, it has catapulted itself a whopping 37283 years into the future.

That's not all. Universal Time was defined by the International Meridian Conference on October 20, 1884 as GMT. However, in the 45,487 days between October 20, 1884 and now, the earth has jumped 8 hours, 50 minutes, and 53 seconds into the future ahead of actual universal time! Therefore, at time of posting (10:30 PM EST) UT should actually be Monday, May 4, 2009 at 6:39:07 PM.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You sure it isn't the Virgo Supercluster that moves towards us at 375 miles per second? :-)