Thursday, August 09, 2018
It's Enough to Make Your Head Spin.
We think of ourselves as a somewhat sedentary bunch. There are some who might jog 5 or 10 kms. a day, that sort of thing but we generally don't propel ourselves very far.
Or so you might think. A couple of years ago I set out to calculate how fast we're really moving, even couch potatoes.
Without even getting off the couch, the rotation of our planet has you going pretty fast. At the equator it's just over a thousand miles an hour. Every hour, every day.
Our Earth also orbits the sun. Our orbital speed is about 67,000 miles per hour.
Our solar system is on a huge orbit around the Milky Way taking some 230 million years to complete one circuit. That adds 448,000 miles per hour to your travel speed.
The real kicker, however, is the speed our galaxy, the Milky Way, is travelling across the universe. That bumps up our speed by 1.3 million miles per hour.
I hope you don't get motion sickness but, added all up, you're moving at 1,816,000 miles per hour or just over 30,000 miles every minute or a tad over 500 miles per second.
So, don't hesitate. You're entitled to that beer. You earned it. The good news is that the liquor store is going just as fast as you are, relatively speaking.