If we consider optimal attention span, a microcentury is much too
long. Two half microcenturies with a pause in between would be
I like this analysis a lot! But there's one more twist to the story: are
we even using the right definition of year? There's actually several
different ways we can define a year:
For each of these we can define the microcentury as a hundred
microyears. So the sidereal microcentury is +35.81 seconds, while the
tropical microcentury is +35.69 seconds. The NIST microcentury is +33.6
seconds, while the Julian microcentury is +35.76 seconds (as you
Personally, I'd define a calendar microcentury as a four-millionth of
400 years to match the leap year cycle. That'd give us +35.692 seconds.
We had a running joke in engineering school, that π seconds is
close to a nanocentury by around 6 nanomonths, we obviously didn't
go that far in calculations, so I wonder if it still holds.
Elon Musk says he is willing to spend $6 billion to fight world
hunger if all hungry people relocate to Mars. So it could be good
idea to calculate how long one milionth of a century on Mars is!