This week’s 49 ft. diameter meteor over Russia was traveling at the rate of 11 miles per second (39,600 mph). That’s a pretty quick pace but we have space ships that travel faster than that. The one headed for Pluto, New Horizon’s Atlas 5, will travel about 3 miles per second faster.
Here are some miles per second comparisons of time/space travel, in order of velocity:
If you are driving 75 mph, you are driving .02 miles per second.
A 747 jet’s average cruise velocity is .15 miles per second (550 mph).
Speed of sound on a January Phoenix day is approximately .213 miles per second (768 mph).
Mother Earth spins at the rate of .288 miles per second (1,037 mph)
A rifle bullet from a 30-06 travels a hair over ½ miles per second (1,910 mph).
Our last rocket traveling to the moon was clipping along at 7.14 miles per second (25,704 mph).
Yet at twice the pace, today’s fastest space ship, Atlas 5, with a speed boost from Jupiter will travel at 92x the speed of a 747 or about 14.16 miles per second (51,000 mph).
Light travels at 186,280 miles per second (669,600,000 mph) – which, according to the secular world, is the fastest traveling physical phenomenon.
Biblically, or other holy scripture, does not give an accounting of the velocities of angelic orders of beings. If an angel were to travel here from Paradise, how long would it take? The Urantia Book sheds some astounding high-speed light on this topic of celestial space travel.
Seraphim (angels) travel 3x faster than light, at 558,840 miles per second (about 2 BILLION mph). Considering the distance between galaxies, the seraphim's velocity is not near sufficient to go galaxy hopping without eons of intervening time.
Enter the “Solitary Messengers,” who can traverse space at the unbelievable rate of 841,621,642,000 miles per second. Yes, that’s almost 9 BILLION MILES PER SECOND -- or 3,029,837,911,200,000 miles per hour (over 3 quadrillion mph).
The Urantia Book states that it took a approximately 100 of our earth-years time for a Solitary Messenger to traverse from the central universe of Havona (Isle of Paradise), to Uversa--the capitol of our Milky Way Galaxy--Orvonton.
23:2.22 6. Ambassadors and Emissaries of Special Assignment. Local universes situated within the same superuniverse customarily exchange ambassadors selected from their native orders of sonship. But to avoid delay, Solitary Messengers are frequently asked to go as ambassadors from one local creation to another, to represent and interpret one realm to another. For example: When a newly inhabited realm is discovered, it may prove to be so remote in space that a long time will pass before an enseraphimed ambassador can reach this far-distant universe. An enseraphimed being cannot possibly exceed the velocity of 558,840 Urantia miles in one second of your time. Massive stars, crosscurrents, and detours, as well as attraction tangents, will all tend to retard such speed so that on a long journey the velocity will average about 550,000 miles per second.
23:3.2 The universe is well supplied with spirits who utilize gravity for purposes of transit; they can go anywhere any time — instanter — but they are not persons. Certain other gravity traversers are personal beings, such as Gravity Messengers and Transcendental Recorders, but they are not available to the super- and the local universe administrators. The worlds teem with angels and men and other highly personal beings, but they are handicapped by time and space: The limit of velocity for most nonenseraphimed beings is 186,280 miles of your world per second of your time; the midway creatures and certain others can, often do, attain double velocity — 372,560 miles per second — while the seraphim and others can traverse space at triple velocity, about 558,840 miles per second. There are, however, no transit or messenger personalities who function between the instantaneous velocities of the gravity traversers and the comparatively slow speeds of the seraphim, except the Solitary Messengers.
23:3.3 Solitary Messengers are, therefore, generally used for dispatch and service in those situations where personality is essential to the achievement of the assignment, and where it is desired to avoid the loss of time which would be occasioned by the sending of any other readily available type of personal messenger. They are the only definitely personalized beings who can synchronize with the combined universal currents of the grand universe. Their velocity in traversing space is variable, depending on a great variety of interfering influences, but the record shows that on the journey to fulfill this mission my associate messenger proceeded at the rate of 841,621,642,000 of your miles per second of your time.
39:3.9 These transit personalities are so organized that they can simultaneously utilize all three of the universally distributed lines of energy, each having a clear space velocity of 186,280 miles per second. These transporters are thus able to superimpose velocity of energy upon velocity of power until they attain an average speed on their long journeys varying anywhere from 555,000 to almost 559,000 of your miles per second of your time. The velocity is affected by the mass and proximity of neighboring matter and by the strength and direction of the near-by main circuits of universe power. There are numerous types of beings, similar to the seraphim, who are able to traverse space, and who also are able to transport other beings who have been properly prepared.
46:2.8 Mount Seraph is the highest elevation on Jerusem, almost fifteen thousand feet, and is the point of departure for all transport seraphim. Numerous mechanical developments are used in providing initial energy for escaping the planetary gravity and overcoming the air resistance. A seraphic transport departs every three seconds of Urantia time throughout the light period and, sometimes, far into the recession. The transporters take off at about twenty-five standard miles per second of Urantia time and do not attain standard velocity until they are over two thousand miles away from Jerusem.