Hat tip to Neil Stevens for this calculation he sent me:
Mass of the Sun: 2000000000000000000000000000000 kilograms*
Mass of CO2 atom: 0.00000000000000000000000002 kilograms
This makes the Sun 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
Times more massive than a co2 atom.
Or to put it another way, a co2 atom is just:
compared to the Sun.
The Sun is over 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000!
Now you see how ridiculous the claims of warmists are. They tell us co2 will kill us all by heating us when it is so insignificant compared with the sun.
For further reading on the dominiation of the sun take a look at this recent point article:
*Note the figures were given to me in kilograms. A kilogram is 2.2 pounds.
The Side Bar: A quick lesson on Exponentials
The side bar is a feature I will use regularly to teach my readers "dos" and "donts" of science that I have picked up over the years. Today I will talk about a relevant "don't" that is potentially muddying the mind of the warmists.
We could have also described the above numbers using a concept called exponentials. An exponential looks like this:
2 × 1030 kilograms
The 30 following the 10 is called the exponential. It indicates how many zeros follow the number. In this case it says there should be 30 zeros after 20 (2 x 10).
When the exponential is negative this means number of zeros after the decimal point before the first number. Eg:
2 × 10-26 kilograms = 0.000000000000000000000000002
Exponentials are often used as shorthand by people who don't want to bother writing all the zeros out. That's fine if you are just keeping score in a very long game of football! But if you are an engineer designing a saftey system, or a scientist conducting an experiment, you should really take the care to accurately write out whole numbers.
Writing out the zeros gives you a better appreciation of the size of numbers and you might spot potential errors. Perhaps an overuse of exponentials is why a minority of climate "scientists" don't comprehend how ludicrious co2 warming really is. If they just compare 5 digits with 5 digits for Sun vs CO2 they might not contemplate how massive the sun is compared to an atom of co2.
Any guesses for how numbers are represented in climate computer models? No prizes for that answer...