In The Vastness Of Space, The Speed Of Light Is Kinda Slow…

"Earth to Sun - en" by LucasVB - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

“Earth to Sun – en” by LucasVB – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.


Punch it, Chewie! I said punch it, you big hair ball. What’s taking so long?

Wait. Let me go take a look out the stern window…



You probably got bored when you realized it takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds for the light from the Sun to reach the Earth. How close are we to finding the means to move an object at 671 million miles per hour? Hmmmm.

Let’s pretend we can make a vessel that can achieve this speed safely, and reliably, today. Better pack a lot of food, a lot of movies, and a lot of beer, for the trip to anywhere. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself saying “Are we there yet?” to infinity, and beyond.

Wikipedia has its pluses.

Wikipedia has its pluses.


Awesome, ain’t it? Reminds me of a passage I ran across,

Seek the LORD, that you may live,
lest he flare up against the house of Joseph like a fire
that shall consume the house of Israel, with no one to quench it.
The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,
who turns darkness into dawn,
and darkens day into night;
Who summons the waters of the sea,
and pours them out on the surface of the earth;
Who makes destruction fall suddenly upon the stronghold
and brings ruin upon the fortress,
the LORD is his name.


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