Big Numbers

Think you know something about big numbers? Take this quiz and find out!

How many lenses are there in a butterfly’s eye?



Butterflies have big round eyes that are called hemispherical compound eyes. Each eye has up to 17,000 tiny lenses that work in unison and create a mosaic view of their environment.

Which can reach the tallest height?

Eagles in flightA tsunami waveWorld’s tallest sandcastle

Eagles in flight

Bald eagles can fly up to 10,000 feet in the sky.

How many volts of electricity are in a bolt of lightning?

1 million1 billion1 trillion

1 billion

A typical lightning bolt contains 1 billion volts and contains between 10,000 to 200,000 amperes of current. The average flash would light a 100 watt lightbulb for 3 months. A typical lightning bolt contains 1 billion volts and contains between 10,000 to 200,000 amperes of current.

If you were as strong as an ant, you could lift a:

Fire truckRocket shipCarAll of the above


Ants can lift 50 times their body weight. So for most people, the answer is Car, but if you were also 1,000 pounds, then you could lift a fire truck, too [50 x 1,000lbs = 50,000 lbs]. Rocket ships are 1 million pounds so there’s no shot with that.

Spot the real number:

InfinityNonillionKatrillionNone of the above


Nonillion sounds like a fake word to most people, but it’s actually a real number.

Which is the heaviest?

All the air on EarthAll the ants on EarthAll the humans on Earth

All the air on Earth

Yes, air does have weight. Have you ever tried blowing up a balloon? Did it get heavier?

Which number is the biggest?

1 googol1 sextillion1 octillion

1 googol

1 sextillion has 21 zeros. 1 octillion has 27 zeros. 1 googol has 100 zeroes. It looks like this: 10,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000,​000

What is there most of on Earth?



Atoms win by a long shot. There are roughly 5 sextillion atoms in just one drop of water. On Earth, there are an estimated 100 quindecillion atoms—that’s 1 with 49 zeros!

Which lives the longest?



Insects live only for months, humans live for decades, and trees live for hundreds or even thousands of years!

Which is largest?

One atomOne antOne bacterium

One ant

Atoms and bacteria are so small that they can only be seen under a microscope. Ants are also quite small, but are visible to the human eye.

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