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.
One second = 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Planck Times
The universe’s age in seconds = 435,000,000,000,000,000 (435 quadrillion) seconds
So to put this in perspective… a Rubik’s Cube has some 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations (43 quintillion…. math thanks to Google). Therefore, a random turn of a Rubik’s Cube every second the universe has existed would have resulted in a 1% chance of solving it at random by now. On the other hand, a single turn of the cube for every unit of Planck Time would result in its accidental solution, on average, some 25,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times… PER SECOND.