Did you Know… To get to the nearest star…

Fact, snippets of useless information and all of that kind of thing makes up most of what’s in my brain – so I thought I would infect the general interweb with al of this and see what fact I can trawl for you!


Did you know…

To get to the nearest star at 1/10th of the speed of light using current rocket technology would take 42 years and need a hells lot a fuel!

When do we start?

2001 – An Art Odyssey

Any of my long time bloggiesw ill know that one of my favourite all time SciFi stories is 2001 A Space Odyssey. For quite some time I’ve been thinking about what piece of work I could do for this. Eventually I chose this one, alshtough I have to say now that I would have done … Continue reading 2001 – An Art Odyssey

21 thoughts on “Did you Know… To get to the nearest star…

  1. Simon, my wife asked a pretty good question tonight while watching Nova. It was, “Who decided north was up on a map?” It stumped me and there is no definitive answer from what I found. A Greek by the name of Ptolemy (2nd century AD) seemed to know the world was round and drew lat/lon lines on his maps defining its curvature. There is much more to the story, but north wasn’t always placed at the top of a map until the mid- 1500s.

    Maybe a quizz question to see what folks find?

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      1. Part of the data I saw said exactly that. In engineering we draw/build in XYZ coordinates with Z “up”. In ship and aircraft building we use “XYZ” to represent station line, butt line and waterline – with Z/waterline as up.

        In spacecraft we use roll/pitch/yaw for axis system’s. There is no up.

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  2. Yikes! That’s 42 light-years, right? I’m not even going to try to calculate the mileage. I’m guessing the number has a lot of zero’s in it.

    I would say it’s obvious that humans aren’t going to make that trip any time soon. They would need too many consumables for just a one-way ride – no way they would make it back. If we sent a probe there, what would be the delay time for communications with it? Days? Could we boost it with a “nuke” and get it there faster? Inquisitive mind here…

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    1. It’s 4.2 but we’re only going at one tenth of light speed. The mileage is somewhat HUGE!
      Communication time would be years back and forth if we sent a probe there – radio travels at the speed of light or thereabouts.
      There is a treaty in place that no one will set off a nuke in outer space. I like the principle but I wish they would create a similar treaty for Earth.
      Basically we need to create technology that give far more bang that we currently do! 🙂


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