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Fill in your birthdate below in the space indicated. (Note youmust enter the year as a 4-digit number!)
Click on the "Calculate" button.
Notice that your age on other worlds will automatically fill in.Notice that Your age is different on the different worlds. Noticethat your age in "days" varies wildly.
Notice when your next birthday on each world will be. The dategiven is an "earth date".
You can click on the images of the planets to get moreinformation about them from Bill Arnett's incredibleNinePlanetsweb site.
The Days (And Years) Of Our Lives
Looking at the numbers above, you'll immediately notice thatyou are different ages on the different planets. This brings upthe question of how we define the time intervals we measure.What is a day? What is a year?The earth is in motion. Actually, several different motions all atonce. There are two that specifically interest us. First, theearth
rotates
on it's axis, like a spinning top. Second, theearth
revolves
around the sun, like a tetherball at the end of a string going around the center pole.The top-like
rotation
of the earth on its axis is how we definethe day. The time it takes the earth to rotate from noon untilthe next noon we define as one day. We further divide thisperiod of time into 24 hours, each of which is divided into 60minutes, each of which is broken into 60 seconds. There areno rules that govern the rotation rates of the planets, it all

depends on how much "spin" was in the original material thatwent into forming each one. Giant Jupiter has lots of spin,turning once on its axis every 10 hours, while Venus takes 243days to spin once.The
revolution
of the earth around the sun is how we definethe year. A year is the time it takes the earth to make onerevolution - a little over 365 days.We all learn in grade school that the planets move at differingrates around the sun. While earth takes 365 days to make onecircuit, the closest planet, Mercury, takes only 88 days. Poor,ponderous, and distant Pluto takes a whopping 248 years forone revolution. Below is a table with the rotation rates andrevolution rates of all the planets.
Planet
RotationPeriod