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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Observable Universe from two different perspectives

My layman understanding is that the universe is much bigger than that we can observe however due to the cosmological constant the observable universe is the matter etc. that is not moving away from us ...
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Light coming from distant stars

As we know, light travels with a constant speed and the Universe is ever-expanding and endless. Considering this fact, is it possible that the sky we see should change everyday? Let's say today we see ...
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Subluminal speed when going in a circle around someone

Some time ago I thought about such situation: There are two people in the room. Both have synchronized watches on their wirsts. Then the person A starts running around person B with the speed of 0....
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Is max speed of causality (light) proven experimentally?

Is it possible to have an alternative theory which is consistent with experiments supporting GR, but which doesn't mandate a speed limit on causality? In other words, I understand there is ...
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Can a beam of light be modulated close to it's frequency?

I'm wondering if it would be possible to modulate a signal using photon pulses - where the frequency of the signal would be close to the frequency of the light. Also would it be possible to transmit ...
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Relative motion at almost the speed of light

My title might not be precise but I didn't know how to decribe it better. I've been reading about the special and general theories of relativity for a short while and I started wondering. First, ...
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What would we see if a camera orbiting close to light speed beamed down images of us on earth?

If a camera was sent up in a satellite, put in orbit at close to light speed, and instructed to beam down images to earth, what would we see if we watched its video feed? (Ignoring the fact that ...
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Speed of approach between image and object

A plane mirror image approaches the object at the same rate the object approaches the mirror. So the speed of approach is twice the speed at which the object approaches the mirror. If the object ...
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Does a black hole really slow down time?

When an object gets pulled into a black hole it seems to slow and stop, but could it be possibly be because the speed of light that hit the object and came back was slowing down as the object got ...
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What would happen if space were considered a medium?

Space is not empty they say, is it a new idea or has it always been like that? Can you explain what is the (current) real meaning of vacuum, which is just the Latin for empty Can you also explain ...
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Velocity of propagation of an EM field in vacuum

I am asked to find the speed of propagation $\vec{v}$ of an electromagnetic field, in a region of empty space. The magnetic field is described by $\vec{B} = B_0e^{ax}\sin{(ky-\omega t)} \hat{z}$. I ...
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Hows does one account for the speed of light delay in field equations?

Suppose I have a simple time varying classical field $\vec{f}$. The force of the field on an object with a charge $X$ at a position $S$ is: $ \vec{F_f}\left( t \right) = X \vec{f}\left( t \right) $ ...
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Can a black hole move at speed of light?

Black hole comes in all sizes ranging from microscopic black hole on a quantum scale to supermassive black hole that resides in the center of probably every galaxy. Photon have no rest mass hence they ...
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Relativity and observable universe

Will cosmological horizon "expand" for an observer approaching the speed of light (at least in the direction of observer's motion) ?
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Photons when passing through matter

I am wondering whether there is a simple—or complicated—way to explain from a purely quantum mechanics (or QFT) viewpoint what happens to the photons when they go through some material whose index of ...
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Experiment measuring vacuum permittivity and permeability in high speed

Suppose that we do NOT know anything of constancy of speed of light, to say nothing of special relativity. It is that we acquired a constant speed of light from Maxwell's Equations that we finally ...
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What happens when light is reflected from a surface moving in a medium with a huge refractive index?

Imagine a mirror is moving away from a light source in a substance through which the speed of light is very slow -- so slow that the speed of the mirror is close to being the same as the speed of the ...
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Are there limits to human/devices perception?

As far as i know, measurement devices present measurements based on something that affects the device's particles, for instance, forces, heat, tension, voltage... My question is, given that every ...
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The speed of light during the inflationary period

Introduction: As a thought experiment, suppose I modified the value of $c$ (speed of light) in some local region and attempted to measure it with a clock placed in that same region. I will denote ...
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About the speed of light

If Mr. E is aboard a spaceship traveling near the speed of light the usual reason for the spaceship not going faster than $c$ is the (relativistic) mass of the ship increases without bound, I think. ...
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How does this paper relate to standard QED?

This paper proposes a microscopic mechanism for generating the values of $c, \epsilon_0, \mu_0$. They state that their vacuum is assumed to contain ephemeral (meaning existing within the limits of ...
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Question on “new CNGS/OPERA measurement of neutrino velocity” (hep-ex/1212.1276)

A "new measurement of the limit on muon neutrino velocity with respect to the speed of light " by the OPERA neutrino experiment in collaboration with CERN has become public recently, as preprint http:/...
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What happens with photon when it is slowed down substantially?

In a dispersive media light's velocity can change substantially. Imagine we can slow it down to near 0 what the wave would look like? Frequency of light does not seem to change even at v=0 (at least ...
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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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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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Help understanding Fizeau's calculation of speed of light

While searching for different methods of calculating Speed of light, I came across one of the methods that Fizeau discussed below which I cannot fully understand. In short, in Fizeau’s apparatus, a ...
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Velocities of waves (such as visible light, and radio)

The speed of light in a vacuum is a constant 299,792,458 m/s. In water, it is much slower. Does this happen to such waves as radio, or X-ray? (Would say, a 3 meter wavelength travel slower in air than ...
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Is false vacuum bubble nucleation possible in our universe?

Is it possible that a false vacuum bubble to nucleate into our universe rather than a true vacuum one ? If yes,it will expand at speed of light within our spacetime or what ?
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Can orbiting a black hole 99.99% speed of light make other object with relatively fast clock travel faster than light, relative to me?

If i orbit a black hole, 99.9% speed of light, time for me is moving slowly, relative to me, planet earth is aging fast, and i have traveled 10 years into the future(relatively) in 1 second, suppose ...
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Does the definition of the metre have to take into account spacetime curvature?

The definition of the metre is: The metre is the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299792458 of a second Does this have to be modified in a ...
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Cherenkov Luminescence Imaging, Cherenkov radiation,

Is it possible to see glowing from Thin Layer chromatography (TLC silica gel on Aluminium) when we image it by IVIS spectrum (no radioactive source)?
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Explanation about the speed of light according to Maxwell from the book : “ A brief History of Time”

I just started reading Hawking's book: " A brief history of time" and there is a section that I don't understand referring to the speed of light moving through the "ether". In the second chapter, ...
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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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Is a Battery to store photons possible?

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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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What will the point of view be when you move faster than light in a medium?

In water the light become slower to the point where electron in water moving faster than light (in the same medium). So in electron frame of reference what will electron's point of view be? From what ...
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Flagpole/shadow trig relationship question but accounting for real speed of light

So in high school everyone has solved the trig problem of relating the height of the flagpole (h), the length of its shadow (l), and the angle at which the sun rays are striking the flagpole (ϕ). (...
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What are some ways to measure variations in the speed of light in vacuum?

To avoid confusion, I am not talking about measuring differences in the speed of light in vacuum as a result of a particular Lorentz boost. What I mean is, suppose the "constant speed of light" were ...
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Distance and Time

I understand that if an object is 10 light years away then the light I am seeing from that object is actually from 10 years ago. If this is the case, which a few posts on this forum seem to concur, ...
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Why wouldn't any Emission Theory work?

http://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton/teaching/HPS_0410/chapters/origins_pathway/#Emission Here, at the Emission theories of light, I loved the discussed theory. There seems to be a contradiction right ...
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How can I calculate time dilation as viewed from an accelerated frame?

Imagine I am speeding past you at near the speed of light, at a constant velocity. It is very simple for me to calculate what I will see looking at you. According to the Lorentz transformations from ...
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If I am a light travel around Earth, what relativistic phenomenons do I have?

In school, or even in university, we are only taught Lorentz transformation in one direction. It is quite easy: $$\begin{align} t' &= \gamma \left( t - \frac{vx}{c^2} \right) \\ x' &= \...
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What does the phrase 'muons are brought to rest' mean?

I have a physics question in a text sheet. I am currently doing work on relativity where calculations of rest frames and laboratory frames are being completed. The formula: $t(\text{laboratory frame}) ...
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What would an relativistically expanding sphere look like for an external observer?

Consider a reflecting sphere, whose radius is increasing at constant rate V close to light speed. What would the collision look like for a remote observer stationary relative to the centre of the ...
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Speed of a magnet

What is the speed of two magnets during the congruent moment of their attraction? Theoretically, could a large enough magnet attract a significantly smaller magnet at near the speed of light? In ...
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Twin Paradox Without Acceleration

So I've been doing a lot of reading about the twin paradox and have encountered several different explanations that strive to resolve it. First off let me start by saying general relativity is not an ...
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What is the age of the Universe from the big-bang light perspective?

What is the age of the Universe from the big-bang light perspective? We all agree that the universe is around 14 billion years, from the perspective of a hypothetical observer moving in a galaxy, e.g....
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does light beam bend when moving with a constant velocity?

I'm studding special relativity and there is a famous example where there is a moving train witch has a light source on its floor and a mirror attached to its roof. an observer in the train sees a ...
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Determining Ether Drag - Aberration of Starlight

In order to determine the relative motion between the Earth and the ether (the medium through which light supposedly propagated. It has zero density and complete transparency), scientists used the ...
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light interference

Recently while driving, i noticed that when it is dark, the light emitted from an incoming car with its headlights at full strength (bright) and with mine also at the same state, my windscreen sort of ...