The Power of 10 – A Trip Around the Universe – Part 1 of 2

The Positive Power of 10

I have copied most of this from various sources.  I thought I would do this after looking at those fascinating pictures of the relative size of the planets in our solar syatem, then the sizes of different suns that were posted in comments I did not read the other day.

In order to see the big picture, we shall use the power of 10.  From Wikipedia, the power of 10 is:

In mathematics, a power of 10 is any of the integer powers of the number ten; in other words, ten multiplied by itself a certain number of times (when the power is a positive integer). By definition, the number one is a power (the zeroth power) of ten. The first few non-negative powers of ten are:

We’ll start with 100 (equivalent  to 1 meter), and will increase the size by a factor of 10, or 101 (10 meters), 102 (10×10 = 100 meters,  103 (10x10x10 = 1,000 meters), 104 (10x10x10x10 = 10,000 meters), so on, until we reach the limit of our imagination in the direction of the macro cosmos.

In the next article, we shall see the wonders of the negative power of 10, as in one, a tenth, a hundreth, a thousand etc.

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