How far have you traveled?

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Speaking in rough terms, if you assume the earth is 24,500 miles in diameter then anyone approximate to the equator will travel that far through space each day. So just by rotating with the planet a person travels approximately 24,000 miles per day or about 8,942,500 miles per year. multiply that time your age and you get rotational distance you've traveled.

Example: By age 60 a person will have rotationally traveled 536,550,000 miles.

Also, since the earth travels an average of 584,000,000 miles in orbit around the sun each year you can multiply that orbital figure by your age, add the result to your rotational distance figure and get the total distance you've traveled even if you sat in one spot on the earth all these years.

Example: 60 years = 35,040,000,000 + 536,550,000 = 35,576,550,000 or about 35.5 billion miles.

Then of course we could add the sun's orbital distance around its neighbors and the galactic motion and its orbital distances around other galaxies and so-on and end up with some really ridiculous amount of distance traveled.

Here's a weird thought...if the combined motion of earth's orbit and rotational motion means we travel around our sun in a kind looping spiral, what sort of shape do all those other motions added together have us moving in? And just how many levels of motion are there anyway?

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