How Big Is A Googolplex?

How big is a googolplex, exactly? Well, we barely have enough time to even attempt to help you visualize it. It's enormous. So enormous, in fact, that there are more zeroes in a googolplex than there are particles in the observable universe. A common estimate of the number of particles in the observable universe is 10 to the power of 80-less than a googol, and less than the number of zeroes in a googolplex. (Admittedly, this estimate does not include photons and dark matter.) Carl Sagan once said that writing out googolplex would be impossible, because the known universe simply doesn't have enough space. So, yeah, like we said—enormous. Watch the video below to try to get a handle on the absurdity of this number.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. A googol is 10 raised to the power of 100—in other words, a 1 with 100 zeroes after it. 00:33

  2. A googolplex is 10 raised to the power of googol. 02:53

  3. A universe that was a googolplex meters across would likely contain repeated versions of yourself. 03:56

Written by Curiosity Staff August 10, 2015

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