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one raised to the eleventh Power (1 ^11) = 100 000 000 000 years
how long the Galaxy as we know it today lasts
these time-scales take a bit of getting used to, don't they?
it's not until a being is
99 999 999 999 years old that it becomes appallingly small
there are a few lifetimes worth in there
each lifetime more awesome than the next and the next one beckoning, forever beckoning