The Nearest Star

The National Debt now stands at $34 trillion dollars.

It is 93 million miles to the sun.

The nearest star otherwise is Proxima Centauri, 4.24 light years away.

The speed of light is 186,000 miles per second or 5.88 trillion miles per year.

If dollars were miles and the United States were in debt one dollar for every mile to the nearest star, we would be $24.93 trillion dollars in debt by the time we reached Proxima Centauri, spending $186,000 per second in borrowed money over the course of 2.4 years.

That distance and that debt, the distance to the nearest star, would be 73% of the current national debt.