Skip to comments.The speed of light is... slooooooow
Posted on 11/02/2015 11:04:54 PM PST by LibWhacker
Yeah, those of us that are science geeks know.
It is achingly slow.
Is this real time? It sure looks close...
Nice graphic. Explains why Kirk’s ancestors needed to invent Warp Drive.
"If not instantaneous, it is extraordinarily rapid."
I blew it up a bit. Sometimes that affects the time needed for the gif. If it’s not 8 minutes and 18 seconds (the average), it’s wrong.
I guess it’s really demonstrating how big space is!
But don’t get me wrong, you done good anyways!
Oh, that’s cool. Speed still seems to be the same, though, wrt the planets.
Didn’t know about width=100%, thx.
Oh, thank you, lol!
You are very welcome!
But if you were traveling on a beam of light, distances would be shrunk to zero, and time would stand still. (According to the Theory of Relativity) Which means that you would be everywhere instantaneously. Or light is everywhere instantaneously. In that case the speed of light is infinite and the Universe is reduced to a point.
I have to say I have a hard time buying all that.
They say that God is omnipresent - Perhaps, then, God is traveling on a beam of light - or God is light?
There was a young woman named Bright
Whose speed was much faster than light.
She set out one day
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.
I have never bought the idea that time is equivalent to the speed of light. Simple visual observation does not equate time in my book. It is the same with audible. I see an explosion, but I don’t hear it yet.
I do, however get on a more fundamental level, the idea of “traveling faster” than the elemental forces that hold atoms together, which indeed seems to break laws and ideas.
I guess I have never delved in to the intricacies of time/electromagnetics on a macro/micro comparison.
Anyone else see my objection?
I see your objection, and raise you one bewilderment.
Not being a physicist nor playing one on TV, I have a problem with the whole Relativity time shift. Reading a lot of sci-fi in my youth from the masters, I still can't comprehend how moving away from Earth at light speed would result in the spacecraft having a different time differential to the Earth.
I don't believe time is an actual dimension, but a concept devised by humans on their white board math calculations. All the black hole and worm hole theories of bending time and space are just that - theories.
Not trying to be a flat-worlder, but no one has proven what a black hole is. If it's a imploded star that has so much gravity and won't allow light to escape, how can they even suppose what's beyond the Event Horizon? Movies like the recent, "Interstellar" tried in a convoluted way to make sense of black hole and how they could travel from one galaxy to the next. The premise was that humankind had learned in the far future that gravity is another dimension and created the black hole for mankind. Good movie, but non-sensical.
So I ask all the theory physicists what is time? Is it real or just a figment of human imagination? And if real, why can't space/time be bent to allow for travel backwards, which has never been the case or we would have seen it in our time? The movie above tried to explain it, but it was a movie.
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