Light Speed: Slower Than You’d Think


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45 minutes at 299,792,458 metres per second by art director and animator Alphonse Swinehart. To wit:

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system.


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