When I was younger and smitten with Megalodon sharks and imagining what lies at the bottom of our oceans (wait, I still am...), I would spend afternoon's calculating how long it would take me to walk around the world, assuming I were a giant of various heights. I would make little models and sketches, doing my best to capture scale.
Years later, I would attempt to calculate how long it would take a penny to reach the bottom of Mariana's trench. Thankfully, there are others out there with my exact same question, enabling me to cross check the work of my younger self. Also, #blessyou person who wrote: "This is the best question I never realized I wanted to know the answer to."
This exchange = #puregold:
Similarly, I wondered, "Will my penny get crushed by the pressure?"
[Note: It is definitely not a coincidence that Robert answered Merlin's question about a pebble reaching the bottom of Mariana's Trench ON MY BIRTHDAY. #greatquestionmerlin #howmuchdoesyourpebbleweigh]
The moon is another familiar mysterious place. It's one we see (weather permitting) nearly every day, but only twelve of us have ever set foot on it. Below are a few answers to questions you may not have known you had.
- If a car could drive vertical into space at 60 miles per hour, it would take you 6 months to reach the moon (but only one hour to get to space).
- Assuming you walked non-stop (also, assuming you can walk on the moon) at ≈ 3 miles per hour, it would take you 91 days to walk the around the moon at its equator. Your trip time would double to 182 days if you only chose to walk 12 hours in a 24 hour window.
- Temperatures on the moon are extreme, approximately 212 degrees Fahrenheit (or 100 degrees Celsius) during the day, and minus 343 degrees Fahrenheit (or minus 173 degrees Celsius) at night. For perspective, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was in Kuwait in 2016 at 129 degrees Fahrenheit, or 54 degrees Celsius. The Earth's coldest temperature was recorded by the Soviets at Vostok Station, Antartica on 21 July 1983 at 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 89.2 degrees Celsius. So for your moon trips, pack your (pineapple) suitcase accordingly.
[PS. Internet, I love you.]