“Genius” by Stephen Hawking helps to grasp the scale of “No Man’s Sky” ‘s; 18 quintillion planets.

Every point of light is a solar system you may visit.

If I’m not mistaken the correct amount has been noted to be 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 planets. Just to give you some perspective:

1,000,000 million
1,000,000,000 billion
1,000,000,000,000 trillion
1,000,000,000,000,000 quadrillion
1,000,000,000,000,000,000 quintillion

In addition, it has been estimated that it would take “…five billion years to visit each planet for one second.” For one second!?

Just seeing these number on “paper” is a bit mind boggling, and perhaps overwhelming. If you want to give yourself a truly profound emotional context, you really need to check out episode 2 “Are We Alone?” of the show “Genius by Stephen Hawking” on PBS.

You live in the “Milky Way Galaxy”… welcome! In the episode “Are We Alone?” they estimate that the Milky Way Galaxy is a host of 300 million stars.

Our sun is on that person’s finger tip

The pile of sand in the background is a representation of the 300 million stars in our beautiful galaxy. It’s safe to say that most stars are orbited by planets and through out the episode they cover; the needs for planets to host complex life, and how to detect planets from a far. All very interesting.

After watching this episode, I couldn’t help to think… “Holy fuck, No Man’s Sky” is a big deal. Seriously, this game might be something that you play for the entirety of your life, if it’s done right (a conversion for another article). The longevity of the game is really up to the community, fur sure.

The show also helps give context as to why “No Man’s Sky” is considered a single player game. Just think about it, in our galaxy with an estimated 300 million stars we have yet to(that we know of) make contact with other intelligent life.

If you get to watch episode 2 “Are We Alone?” of “Genius by Stephen Hawking” on PBS, please come back and drop a comment. I’m curious of what your thoughts are after watching that episode.