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Bet your satnav isn’t THAT good.

October 23, 2008

The first mention of Hell in Western history appears in the Theogony by the Greek oral poet Hesiod, about the eighth century B.C.

They called Hell ‘ Tartaros’.

If an anvil of bronze should fall from the sky, it would travel

nine days and nights before on the tenth day coming to earth;

and if an anvil of bronze should fall from the earth, it would travel

nine days and nights before on the tenth day coming to Tartaros.

Let’s see……

Ten days= 24hrs x10days =240x60minutes = 14,400x60seconds= 864,000 seconds for the anvil to fall from Heaven to Hell.

Speed increases by 9.8 m/s each second it is falling. The equation is d = 1/2 gt^2 , where t is the time (in seconds) it has spent falling.

d=0.5(g)(864,000)^2 =0.5(9.8)  (746,496,000,000)

=3,657,830,400,000m  or 3,657,830,400 km.

If we go to the RASC Calgary centre (http://calgary.rasc.ca/howfar.htm), we can see that 3 billion km away is Uranus.   So, it would appear that Heaven (or Hell, depending on which side of the world you live) is around Uranus.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2008 9:31 pm

    Assuming that acceleration due to gravity is a constant of course. ;p

  2. ryant3 permalink
    October 23, 2008 9:55 pm

    I made the gravity constant- I doubt an anvil would fall through space, after all- but just for the sake of it I used the old 9.8 m/s standby…

    As for the nine days and nine nights and arriving on the tenth day…. it could have arrived very late in the tenth day? That’s my excuse, but anything between 9 and 10 is fair game really, but I used 10 because a) it was easier and I’m lazy and b) exaggeration is always good.

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