Vastness of a miniscule
Posted on January 2, 2016 by D'Dream
Came across a scientific dissection on the web and decides to share, I believe we can learn one thing or two from this post. I share some thoughts in italics
So here it goes
Here’s an old, old, question, but this time with a surprise twist. The question is — and I bet you asked it when you were 8 years old and sitting on a beach: Which are there more of — grains of sand on the Earth or stars in the milky way.
You guys Mr Sandy, Ms Starry and Mr Aqua should lined up on a straight line while we perform some eccelestical l experiments on you! Don’t scream or yell , else you are disqualified. Mr sandgrain! Step forward!
Obviously, grains and stars can’t be counted, not literally. But you can guestimate. In elementary science I thought stars, water and sand are a classic examples of uncountable noun.
Science writer David Blatner, in his new book Spectrums, says a group of researchers at the University of Hawaii, being well-versed in all things beachy, tried to calculate the number of grains of sand. Say what?! A verse in the holy book says sands are innumerable to be counted. Where did this guy gets the effrontery, he must be high on on some real stuff *shrugs “
They said, if you assume a grain of sand has an average size and you calculate how many grains are in a teaspoon and then multiply by all the beaches and deserts in the world.
Teaspoon ke, bikonu ? What’s a teaspoon sef? :?So spoon sef get level? I have heard of silver spoon, stainless spoon, plastic spoon, wooden spoon, golden spoon etc. All Beaches and deserts in the world? Is this man the reincarnation of Ajala?
The Earth has roughly (and we’re speaking very roughly here) *before nko, are you ancient of days? * 7.5 x 1018 grains of sand, or seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains. Whew! Oliver twist mode activated. Just dreaming of 1 ,no 1/2 of those quadrillion in currency. Don’t judge me o, after all who knows the angels that is passing by.:mrgreen:
That’s a lot of grains.
Ms Starry Eyes, step forward!
The man took his craziness to star s also. Hello star Marian’s. Why wasn’t this guy detained?
OK, so how about stars? Well, to my amazement, it turns out that when you look up, even on a clear and starry night, you won’t see very many stars. ( must you see everything ??:?) Blatner says the number is a low, low “several thousand,” which gives the sand grain folks a landslide victory. ( hello! Grain folks, let the champagne start flowing.:mrgreen:) But we’re not limiting ourselves to what an ordinary stargazer can see.
Our stargazer gets a Hubble telescope and a calculator, so now we can count distant galaxies, faint stars, red dwarfs, everything we’ve ever recorded in the sky, and boom! (Hmmm, are you asking me?, I am not a cray cray, so I pass) Now the population of stars jumps enormously, to 70 thousand million, million, million stars in the observable universe (a 2003 estimate), so that we’ve got multiple stars for every grain of sand — which means, sorry, grains, you are nowhere near as numerous as the stars. ( Heya! Sorry grain folks, the party has ended):? .
So that makes stars the champions of numerosity, no? Issokai, kontinu
Ummm, no. This is when Blatner hits us with his sucker punch. (,you wanna put my 3 years boxing training to shame? Hello abija wara bi ekun, someone is passing his boundaries o ) Yes, he says, the number of stars in the heavens is “an unbelievably large number,” but then, very matter-of-factly, he adds that you will find the same number of molecules “in just ten drops of water.”
Let me repeat: If you took 10 drops of water (not extra-big drops, just regular drops, I’m presuming) and counted the number of H2O molecules in those drops, you’d get a number equal to all the stars in the universe. Jesouxx kraissss of Namibians!
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