Wondering about going to an exoplanet? There’s a calculator for that

The past few years there has been much more interest in space travel than ever before, especially from private companies wanting to get people into space. Now there is a push to try and get humans back on to the moon, something that hasn’t been accomplished in decades. There is so much about space and space travel that we don’t know yet, but exploration and innovation is making space travel not so impossible.

Scientists have now created a calculator for those wondering how much food and water you’d need to travel between planets. The exoplanet travel calculator uses information from the massive James Webb Telescope to help with the calculations. This telescope was launched into space in 2021 and uses high resolution and high sensitivity instruments to capture images of space that is out of reach of the legendary Hubble Space Telescope. The James Webb Telescope has managed to spot several new galaxies and “exoplanets” far beyond the Milky Way that has Scientists excited about what’s out there.

For example, I calculated how long it would take to get to the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. It’s 26 thousand light years, meaning I’d need almost 18 thousand KG’s of food, over 1.6 million litres of water, 5,500 movies, 586 seasons of TV shows, and over 962 books to read. If I’m honest, I’m probably just going to read the Archie Comics and Garfield series. The speed at which I read takes about 26,000 years it seems.

This calculator is fun to play around with, especially if you’re wanting to kill time and not wanting to work! CLICK HERE to check it out.

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