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  1. #1 speed of light(again) 
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    We all know that the speed of light is approx 186,000 miles per second in a vacuum and is a fundamental constant in the universe

    my question is why that speed, with which i mean what holds it at that speed and not allow it to go any faster? have i missed something obvious with this?

    any idea?


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    Well because it does.

    No, that's not facetious - it's one of those questions like "why is PI = 3.14159...etc" it just is, we just have to accept it, - at least that's what I believe the answer is - but this is one of those rare posts where I could be wrong...

    But I will add that that is the way we percieve it, the poor photon thinks it takes 0 time to cross the universe - according to Albert...

    and because of that, if you hitched a ride on a photon and looked at a fixed observer he would travel past you at infinite speed (by your time)

    so it's possible that light travels at infinite speed yet it is an illusion to us that appears to travel at 186K miles/second...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Megabrain
    Well because it does.

    No, that's not facetious - it's one of those questions like "why is PI = 3.14159...etc" it just is, we just have to accept it, - at least that's what I believe the answer is - but this is one of those rare posts where I could be wrong...

    But I will add that that is the way we percieve it, the poor photon thinks it takes 0 time to cross the universe - according to Albert...

    and because of that, if you hitched a ride on a photon and looked at a fixed observer he would travel past you at infinite speed (by your time)

    so it's possible that light travels at infinite speed yet it is an illusion to us that appears to travel at 186K miles/second...

    Phew i thought i was missing something really obvious . thanks
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