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Kronos Cloud at Scale

November 6, 2015
16000 stars

Photo: ESA/Hubble and NASA

Please let me know if you get sick of the space stuff, because I won’t. The stuff just fascinates me and I’m terribly saddened that I don’t qualify to be a new NASA astronaut. I’ll have to figure out another way to get there…

Anyway, the sheer scale of the universe blows me away. Check this out. It is estimated there are 10 billion galaxies in the observable universe with about 100 billion stars in each. That means there are some 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 1 billion trillion) stars just in the “observable” universe! We can only see so far…

Now, the second closest star to the earth (our sun is the closest), Alpha Centauri is 4.3 “light-years” away. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second, so in a year light travels 5,878,499,810,000 miles (Yeah, trillion). Getting to AC would definitely require an overnight bag. If we could take the Space Shuttle, at its maximum speed of 17,600 mph, it would take around 165,000 years to get there. Oh, and there’s a chance it might not be there upon our arrival, but that’s a discussion for another light-year.

That picture? That’s around 16,000 of 200,000 stars in a “globular cluster” called Messier 12.

16,000 is also the number of customers Kronos has in the cloud.

Isn’t scale grand?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2015 10:38 am

    Me too! Wanted to be an astronaut and always found space fascinating; dating myself a bit but 50 years ago I remember my 3rd grade teacher told us that based on the observable space and the number of stars at that time there was a probability of 1 million other earths just like ours; never forgot that and was probably the first time I can remember thinking; Wait What?!; my contemplation was born; and, shaped my endeavors into Math and Science as the most logical path; MATH being the queen of all sciences.

  2. November 9, 2015 10:56 am

    Bert, have you seen “The Martian” yet? The book is fantastic.

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