What If A Day Was 17 Hours Instead of 24?

My son is obsessed with space. I read the same space book to him every day. Sometimes 3 times a day. I’ve read some of the pages so many times, I’ve memorized parts of it. Which, unfortunately, leaves my mind to wander away. Hey, come back…

It’s because of this obsession that I’ve previously asked about aliens. But now I’ve been reading about Uranus over and over. He has a fascination with the rings of Saturn and Uranus.

A day on Uranus is 17 hours. We are lucky to have 24. But, like many moms, I could use an extra hour. The 24 that we have seems so short. There’s so much to do, and that doesn’t even count sleep. Oh, the things I could do with a 25th hour! I can actually get around to reading. Or figuring out social media for this blog. Or organize toys. Or prep for dinner tomorrow. Or take a nap.

And then I read about Uranus having 17 hours in a day. Wow, that’s short! It makes me feel better about having 24.

What could you do in a 17 hour day? Let’s see, if you sleep 8 hours, that leaves 9 hours to eat, get dressed, go to work/school, commute, spend time with family and friends. And if you work more than 8 hours a day, well, you’re kind of screwed, sorry. But, if you sleep 5 hours, you get a 12 hour day, which feels like a lot more time to get things done, but it’s only 5 hours of sleep! And if you have a baby who wakes every 1-2 hours (my kids for their entire infancies), you’re really not sleeping. At all.

So, thinking of that, it makes me grateful for the 24 hours we get. I’ll still want that 25th hour, but then I’ll try to remember Uranus.

Thank you for 24 beautiful hours, Earth!

11 thoughts

  1. You can try Mars. I mean, maybe in the future you can try Mars. Days on 24h AND 30 minutes (yuhu!) and years on 730 days (I’m speaking by heart) so you will be HALF as old as you’re now. Not bad, I think

    1. Oh, I totally need to go to Mars. We need to get there soon. Really soon. I need more time in my days! And more days in the years so my babies grow up slower!

    1. Yes! It was very thoughtful of Earth to give us 24. That’s enough time to waste it and still get something done.

  2. The mere idea of a 17-hour day frightens me! I suppose if it’s all I knew I’d work something out…maybe I’d be more efficient with my time? I would hope that would be the case. I couldn’t do Venus’ 243 “days” for one day. Somewhere in the middle would be nice.

    Every hour is so precious, so I am in the same boat as you: 25-hours please!

    1. Oh, that would be true, wouldn’t it? Maybe we would have 5 hour or less work days. We keep thinking 24 hours isn’t enough, but, compared to the other planets, we really are lucky. Though that 25th would be so handy.

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