Joe Amethyst - Comment #677,465

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Sonata Dusk
Sonata Dusk

8) How many years would it take for a whale to swim to the moon?
Don’t want the long, fun answer? Okay..

Between 269 days (.74 years) for an orca (56 km/s) to reach the moon at perigee (362,570 km), and 1814 days (4.97 years) for a right whale (9.3 km/s) to reach the moon at apogee (405,410 km).

I was going to make a joke about a sperm whale being harpooned by a Japanese satellite, but I discovered that Japan actually has no satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Seriously, that’s fucking weird for a first world nation to have absolutely no satellites of that class. Oh well.


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