The speed of light is a fundamental universal constant that marks the maximum speed at which energy and information can propagate. Its value is $299792458\frac{\mathrm{m}}{\mathrm{s}}$.

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Can we tell when an established theory is wrong?

I was reading the following answer from this question: In physics, you cannot ask / answer why without ambiguity. Now, we observe that the speed of light is finite and that it seems to be the ...
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Would a “better” speed of light be possible? [closed]

The vast distances in space make it almost impossible to reach anywhere in a reasonable timeframe, since we have the speed of light as an upper bound and even getting close to that speed takes a lot ...
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Thought experiments about $c$ [closed]

Poincare had a brilliant thought experiment about what if everything in the universe doubled in size, would anybody notice any difference or even be able to measure anything that can be compared with ...
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Can absolute speed of object be measured? [closed]

Let's say there are two objects in space - Station and huge non-transparent sphere. Sphere starts to move from station 5000 km/h. Inside the sphere, beam of light is produced in direction the sphere ...
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Why is the speed of light not 3 x $10^{8}$ m/s, or why not a round figure for the meter [duplicate]

This question is not about why the speed of light is not greater than 299,792,458 m/s. It's about why it's that exact value. This was a question from a book(I know homework questions are frowned upon ...
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How much is the maximum posible information travel speed in medium?

Light has slower speed in medium. Should we consider this when we use special relativity in atmosferic(or any other type of medium) motions? If we should use vacuum light speed, does it mean photons ...
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Gravity is Instant [duplicate]

Without being able to manipulate gravity. How do we know that gravity is restricted to the speed of light? or gravitational effects from an exploding star would be felt (if we were near) before we ...
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Speed of light or speed of time?

Proxima Centauri is about 4.22 Light Years, so if there is anyone that could see us, the image of us would be 4.22 years old, if we depart at 99.99% the speed of light we would arrive almost instantly ...
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Constancy of speed of light in vacuum? [closed]

Have scientists tried their best to calculate speed of light in vacuum? It seems very absurd to me that light of all frequencies have same velocity in space. Can someone find in future if this speed ...
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Do we know why there is a speed limit in our universe?

This question is about why we have a universal speed limit (the speed of light in vacuum). Is there a more fundamental law that tells us why this is? I'm not asking why the speed limit is equal to ...
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Is near light speed travel possible? Likely?

I was contemplating the possibility of sending an interstellar probe that can produce results in a reasonable time frame. For such a mission to be realistic, the spacecraft would have to travel at ...
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Light in mass moving at high velocity

Imagine if you will, a strand of fiber optic cable 186,000 miles long. A pulse of light is sent through the stationary cable: it takes 1 second for light to travel the entire length of the cable. Now ...
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Is mass directly or inversely proportional to time? [closed]

From a Newtonian perspective: F = ma F dx = ma dx E = m (dv/dt) dx m = (E dt) / (dv dx) Mass is directly proportional to time, if time slows down then mass goes down or decreases. From a ...
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Variable speed of light impact on spectral absorption lines in distance luminous objects?

There are many other arguments as to the constancy of the speed of light (or more precisely, c). One thing I have been curious is what would the impact be on spectral measurements from distant ...
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Time and velocity

Suppose two cars are traveling at a velocity of $c/2$ ($c$=speed of light) in two straight lines parallel to each other but in opposite direction in vacuum. Then what will a person sitting in one of ...
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Variable speed of light in loop quantum gravity

Loop quantum gravity predicts a variable speed of light. What is the range of such a variation in its speed?
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Is it experimentally proven that photons travel at speed $c$ in vacuum?

Are there experiments which show that single photons (not classical em waves) travel exactly at $c$ in vacuum? What is the error bar in that case? The question is posed due to the fact that loop ...
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Slow light that does not go back to it's original speed in vacuum [closed]

I have watched today episode of scishow where Hank claims that photons can be permanently slowed down to speed that is less than speed of light. ...
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Is it possible to go faster than the speed of light in vacuum?

If it is possible for particles to go faster than the speed of light in certain events, would it be possible to create a situation in which the barrier of the speed of light can be crossed?
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Does time dilation affect the speed of a moving object?

Imagine you are traveling at 99% of the speed of light. Will the speed of the moving object slow down for both objects and for the resting observer or either one?
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Objective velocity (Relativity theory) [closed]

Suppose that I have a velocity of (approximately) $c$. Then I decelerate with $c$ per hour for exactly one hour. Then I would know that I would be standing still in the end, because the decelleration ...
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Does the speed of light differ for two frames moving at different speeds relative to an non moving observer?

Wikipedia says that: The speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers regardless of the motion of the light source. How can this be true and and returning to my question, if there is ...
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Is this argument valid as to why we can (not can't) reach the speed of light?Please do explain [closed]

I have already asked this question on quora, with difficulty but I have not yet obtained a "works for me" answer. Please discuss with me about this.:) Q:Why can we not touch the speed of light? ...
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Light cone argument for speed of light

Using light cones to state that nothing can travel faster than light to me seems like a flawed argument. (I understand other reasons why the speed of light cannot be broken.) However, it seems to me ...
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If photon can bend spacetime how does it exchange graviton?

Say two photons moving beside each other through space at speed of light, since it carries energy it can bend spacetime. So both photons will exert gravitational force on each other at speed of light ...
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Can there be acceleration without velocity?

If I was in a spaceship continually accelerating at $9.81m/s^2 =1g$ in a straight line, I would reach near light speed within a year. On Earth, we are in a gravitational field of $1g$, which ...
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Is photon massless? [duplicate]

if photon is massless then in E2=m2c4+p2c2 is m=0 ? and p=mv1-mv2 shouldnt be zero too. if both the statements are true then does photon has no energy?
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Highest temperature [duplicate]

The temperature of a body varies with the KE of its particles. The maximum KE can be obtained by making the atoms move about near the speed of light. Let us take the body as a gas so that the body can ...
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Are gravitational waves constrained by special relativity (speed of light)? [duplicate]

In Lawrence Krauss's excellent book "Universe from Nothing" and his related lectures, he cites findings of the BOOMERANG-instrument observations in Anarctica as used to measure the diameter of ...
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Is a Battery to store photons possible?

@MISC {55768, TITLE = {Why can't we store light in the form of light?}, AUTHOR = {AldCer (http://physics.stackexchange.com/users/20409/aldcer)}, HOWPUBLISHED = {Physics Stack ...
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Perfect vacuum in experiment [closed]

When conducting experiments to determine the speed of light in a perfect vacuum does that vacuum(?) replicate outer space?
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Getting an object to travel at or near light speed by adding velocities [duplicate]

Firstly I'll just give a brief example of where my query came from. I was watching the episode of Futurama where Bender meets God after being fired from the planet express ships torpedo tube. The crew ...
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Special Relativity and Space travel [closed]

I'm doing a science project on space travel where I have to include a part about special relativity and how time acts when you're traveling in space with high speed. I'm not really sure where to start ...
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A question about gravity [duplicate]

Some time ago I encouraged by 11 year old son to watch Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and subsequently Cosmos: A personal Voyage with Carl Sagan, as well as other astronomy ...
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Application of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle on photons

While I was hobby-reading about quantum mechanics I came across Heisenberg's theory. But while I was trying to understand it I thought of this: if the speed of light (as well as the momentum of a ...
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Do photon inside event horizon exceeds speed of light?

Event horizon is a region of space whereby nothing with information can escape, so I imagine that a photon falls into this region of space does it accelerates toward the singularity if it exists? Do ...
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Atoms traveling at the speed of light [closed]

If an atom was to travel at the speed of light (although impossible), wouldn't the nucleus break apart? I say this because the particles holding the protons together in the nucleus wouldn't be able to ...
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Can a very long screen display an object travelling faster than light? [duplicate]

I know information is not allowed to travel faster than light. Now suppose we have a very long screen displaying a moving light dot. Can the screen display the light dot which travels faster than ...
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Dimensional Paradox Demonstrated by Light Moving Between Parallel Mirrors

In a thought experiment, there are two parallel mirrors which are very long which also face each other. One has a hole in it and one flash from a strobe light shines into that hole. One observer in ...
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What happens 'inside' the event horizon of a black hole, in particular to photon speed

This is a follow-up question to two answers given here and here, where the speed in different coordinate systems is discussed when approaching the Schwarzschild radius. To cite, derived directly from ...
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Is it possible to create an optical medium where sound can travel faster than light?

The speed of light decreases with increase in the density of the optical medium whereas the speed of sound increases with increase in the density of the medium. So is there any possibility to ...
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Why should gluons move at a speed determined by $\mu_0$ and $\varepsilon_0$?

I understand that the speed of light can be derived from Maxwell's equations, giving $c=\frac{1}{\sqrt{\mu_0\varepsilon_0}}$ I furthermore understand how the principle of invariance of laws w.r.t. ...
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Can gravity affect light speed? [duplicate]

Can gravity affect light speed, for example slow it down ?
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Can we accelerate photons to travel at speed of $1.5c$? Or any $xc$ when $x > 1$? [closed]

Can we move photons to travel at speed greater than speed of light in vacuum? If no then why? For example: I want to send some photons at 1.5c. Is that possible? How a photon of light can go from 0 ...
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What would be seen if a firing laser is accelerated to relativistic speeds then back?

Consider this scenario: Two identical space ships, the SS Observer and the SS Accelerator. Each ship is spherical with a band of mirrored material around the outside and contains a green laser. They ...
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If refraction slows down light, isn't it possible to hold light still?

I have a quick question about the refraction of light, and I'm sorry if it seems a bit simplistic or even stupid, but I'm still learning. We know that when light passes through a denser medium, it ...
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Speed of different colours of light [duplicate]

Speed of light is different for different colours. What does the speed of a particular colour of light depend on? Which colour of light has the highest speed?
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Given the 1st Postulate of SR, doesn't the 2nd Postulate go without saying? [duplicate]

i've been looking over possible duplicates of this question and haven't found one yet. so, using Wikipedia as the textual source: The Principle of Relativity – The laws by which the states of ...
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How the speed of light is constant in the universe if it decreases in water and glass and some other objects? [duplicate]

My teacher told me that speed of light is constant in the universe. But in optics it is clearly shown that speed of light slows down in some objects. Please help.
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From the photons perspective

Probably been answered but couldn't find the answer. From the perspective of a photon: - For the photon to travel from body A to body B would take 0 secs. - The universe would be one point in ...