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26 February 2009

The Most Distant Man Made Machine

When I hear a scientist, talking about some astronomical object, and they say something is (for example) 8 billion miles away, I cringe. No doubt, the reporter asked for the distance in miles, or kilometers, because that unit of distance is familiar to most people. Does it really tell you anything? I say no. Yes, it tells you it is very far away, but nothing much more than that. To really understand these distances, …


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