Can you believe it... another orbit has passed with Furtheron sat on this lump of rock going around a small star in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way. A year - is is funny that we get preoccupied with this stuff isn't it, we divide up things into seconds, minutes, days, weeks, months, years. All of these are just to a point arbitary constructs we use to make sense of our planet and it's place in the cosmos if you think about it. A day is only a day and a year only a year because of where we are in the solar system. Anyhoo I've managed to sit here on the planet we call home for 51 of these orbits around the sun.
if you want to really feel inconsequential in the scheme of things
consider this. The solar system is gracefully swinging around the
centre of the galaxy at around about 514,000mph (puts any land speed
record into context doesn't it!). To complete an orbit like this known
as the "Galactic Year" will take around 225million years or so.
Therefore if you break up the Galactic Year using the same constructs as
we use on earth - i.e. 365 days, 24 hours, 60mins, 60 secs... you find
out I'm just a smidgen over 7 Galactic Seconds old. Even the oldest
living person (approx 116 years) is only just over 16 Galactic