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WHAT IF THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE WERE SQUEEZED INTO THE PERIOD OF ONE YEAR?

If the history of the universe were compressed into a single year, with the Big Bang occurring at 12:00am on January 1st:

  • the very first stars and galaxies formed at about 7:00am on January 8th;
  • our Sun was born at about 8:00am on September 1st and the Earth at about 2:00am on September 11th;
  • the earliest life on Earth occurred at 1:00pm on September 30th, although the first multi-cellular life did not appear until 11:00pm on December 14th;
  • dinosaurs appeared on Earth at 3:00am on December 27th and died out just 3 days later at 10:00am on December 30th;
  • the first humans arrived as late as 11:39pm on December 31st;
  • the philosophers of ancient Greece flourished about 5 seconds before midnight on December 31st and everything since Columbus “discovered” America happened within the last second of the year.

On the same scale:

  • our Sun will become a red giant star, burning up the Earth in the process, next May 2nd at around 4:00pm, and around the same time, our nearest galactic neighbour, Andromeda, will start to crash into our own galaxy;
  • by 1:00pm on May 7th the Sun will have become a cold, dead white dwarf star.


 
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