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It's no wonder we're always so goddamned tired. I had one of those fitness bracelets that tells you how many steps you've walked in a day. That got me wondering just how far do I travel in a day? I know how far I walk. I know how far I drive on any given day. Then I started thinking.
The Earth rotates once a day. The speed varies according to your latitude but, near the equator, it can reach 1,000 miles an hour. Our planet, meanwhile, orbits the Sun, one orbit a year. That adds another 67,000 miles an hour.
Now you might not know this but our solar system, our sun and its planets, orbits the Milky Way about once very 250 million years. That orbit adds 514,000 miles an hour and for an incredible 250 million year stretch per go. At the same time our galaxy, the Milky Way, is said to be moving through the universe at a respectable clip of 1,340,000 miles an hour.
That comes out to 1.9 million miles an hour, give or take 23,000. Ever think you might see 23,000 miles an hour as a rounding error?