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The 10,000 year clock of the long now

  1. Omegafanman

    Omegafanman Mar 24, 2019

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  2. AveConscientia

    AveConscientia Mar 24, 2019

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    I appreciate their optimism that we will exist in ten thousand years
     
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  3. Omegafanman

    Omegafanman Mar 24, 2019

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    I think they are just optimistic the clock will exist …..
     
  4. Omegafanman

    Omegafanman Mar 24, 2019

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    If you want to see someone looking really long term how about 8.4 million years..... and it is just as beautiful as anything the Pharaohs came up with... not a bad legacy if that is all we end up leaving as a calling card....
    Time capsule: LAGEOS-1 (which is predicted to re-enter the atmosphere in 8.4 million years[6]) also contains a plaque designed by Carl Sagan to indicate to future humanity when LAGEOS-1 was launched. The plaque includes the numbers 1 to 10 in binary. In the upper right is a diagram of the Earth orbiting the Sun, with a binary number 1 indicating one revolution, equaling one year. It then shows 268435456 (in binary; 228) years in the past, indicated by a left arrow and the arrangement of the Earth's continents at that time. The present arrangement of the Earth's continents is indicated with a 0 and both forward and backward arrows. Then the estimated arrangement of the continents in 8.4 million years with a right facing arrow and 8388608 in binary (223). LAGEOS itself is shown at launch on the 0 year, and falling to the Earth in the 8.4 million year diagram.
     
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  5. AJwala

    AJwala Mar 24, 2019

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    Is this the Jeff Bezos project?
     
  6. Omegafanman

    Omegafanman Mar 24, 2019

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    In terms of the clock I think not originally but he became involved for the funding.
     
  7. AJwala

    AJwala Mar 24, 2019

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    Ah ok. understood, Thank you :)
     
  8. dougwhiz

    dougwhiz Nov 17, 2019

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    That is truly a long, long time. I'm a fan of Carl Sagan but hadn't heard of this project.

    Something else from Sagan's Cosmos series that makes long timescales more understandable is the concept of the Cosmic Calendar. Take the 13.8 billion years of the universe's existence and scale it down to 1 year. So each second in that year represents 438 years. All of recorded history takes place in the last minute of the last hour of December 31 for example.
    http://sciabc.us/k9NnE