Race Through Space
Race Through Space – Galaxy Edition is a fitness experience designed to not only teach you about different celestial bodies but also to give you a sense of their actual distance, where 5 kilometers becomes proportional to 54.8 million light-years. The journey begins in the Milky Way, which is more than a tasty candy bar but is also our home galaxy. You’ll run 9,000 light-years per step through various galaxies with names like Sombrero, Needle, Black Eye, and Whirlpool, culminating in a visit to the first black hole that has ever been photographed by humans, the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy called M87.
The app is free to download. Run or walk it anytime, or join hundreds of other run-astronauts on October 17th to complete the journey. Anyone who completes the race and posts on social can access the Science ATL Store to purchase the Race Through Space – Galaxy Edition shirts and a “54.8 million light-year” sticker.