Time generally seems pretty straightforward. The Sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, and we all march on in much the same fashion. Of course, things get murky when you get close to traveling at the speed of light. But for the most part, we are pretty stationary and time behaves in regular, expected ways.
And we like to think that we have a pretty good conception of time. We know that the Earth is some 4.5 billion years old and that the universe is about 13.8 billion years old. But how do we locate ourselves in relation to this enormous time scale? Where do we fit on the timeline?
Ultimately, because the scale is so massive, it’s hard to truly understand where we stand. So let’s scale things down a bit and try to locate ourselves in relation to events that seem more modern.