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So give me a second…

  • One thousand seconds is equal to just under 17 minutes.
  • One million seconds is 11 and a half days.
  • One billion seconds is 32 years.
  • One trillion seconds is 32,000 years.
  • One quadrillion seconds is 32,000,000 years.
  • One quintillion seconds is… simply, longer than the universe has existed

So seconds add up, but the above also gives context to some otherwise usually intangible, big numbers.  A week is 604,800 seconds.  A 30-day month is 2,592,000 seconds.  The average human lifespan takes place over a span of two-and-a-half billion seconds.

A second seems to us a very small measurement of time in our everyday life, but in reality, a second is an entire universe.  Are you ready to get REALLY REALLY small?  Consider Planck Time, which is the smallest possible division of time.  If you think a second is tiny, here’s the mind-boggling thing:  There are more units of Planck Time in a single second than there have been all the seconds since the Big Bang.

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