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What is the age of the sunlight that touches you: 19 seconds, about 2 minutes, 8.3 minutes, or two hours?

Question #42415. Asked by SPLENDOUR. (Dec 17 03 8:06 AM)

markklein199

8.3 minutes

 Dec 17 03, 8:26 AM
sequoianoir

A quick calculation using the distance of the Sun from the Earth at 93,000,000 miles and the speed of light at 186,000 miles per second :

93,000,000 / 186,000 = 500 seconds (8 minutes 20 secs)

Of course, this is only true if it comes straight from the Sun.
Reflected from the Moon and you could add another 1.5 seconds.
Looking at Mars means the reflected light you see is between 17 minutes and 33 minutes 40 seconds old depending where it and the Earth are in their orbits and the relative distances.

 Dec 17 03, 1:01 PM

 A Saskatchewan woman beat the Guinness World Record for Karaoke while raising money for the Presidents Choice Children's Charity. She sang for 31 hours and nine minutes, beating the old record by two hours and 42 minutes, but falling just short of her planned 32 hours. What is her name?

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