A Billion – In Perspective

Updated: Jul 28, 2021

June 6 2021 | Michael.Moore@seetvnews.com

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This universe is big. I mean BIG. It is composed of millions of galaxies. All spread far apart from each other. Some are billions of light years away (A light year is the timer it takes for light to travel in a year from one point to another. Considering that light travels at 186,000 miles per second – this is a long way) so what you see when you look up at the night sky is what those galaxies looked like millions of years ago as you can only see the light they produced at that time.

The Galaxy we are in (earth is in the outer suburbs of a particular galaxy we call the milky way) contains between 100 and 400 billion stars and at least that many planets. An exact figure would depend on counting the number of very-low-mass stars, which are difficult to detect, especially at distances of more than 300 light years from our Sun.

The observable universe is estimated to contain 200 billion to two trillion galaxies.

I think it is safe to say that the chances of life in this universe, therefore is extremely good. Even if there was life on .0000000000000000001 percent of the planets, that would mean there was life flourishing on billions of planets.

It is all very well throwing these figures around but what is a billion? How can we get some perspective so that we understand the size of a billion?

To put it into perspective, if you were fortunate enough to earn a Million dollars a year in income, it would take you one thousand years to earn a billion dollars. A thousand years. If you earned 10 million dollars a year it would still take you 100 years to accumulate the Billion. And if you actually earned 100 Million dollars each 12 months it would STILL take you ten years to earn the Billion.

So all those Billionaires, who achieved billionaire status, are ‘earning’ OVER 100 Million dollars a year. At these levels, one can get to a point where it is impossible NOT to earn millions each month and year.

For example, One Million dollars invested at one percent per year would return 10,000 dollars. One Billion invested at one percent per year would return 10 million in interest for the year.

A Billion dollars is no small change.

A trillion is more.

So there you have it. A Billion dollars.

Don’t spend it ALL at once!


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