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The Speed of light

The Speed of light

The speed of light, usually denoted by c, is a physical constant important in many areas of physics. 


Its value in vacuo (in a vacuum) is exactly 299,792,458 metres per second (approximately 186,282 miles per second).


It is the maximum speed at which all energy, matter, and information in the universe can travel. It is the speed of all massless particles and associated fields—including electromagnetic radiation such as light—in vacuum, and it is predicted by the current theory to be the speed of gravity (that is, gravitational waves).

Such particles and waves travel at c regardless of the motion of the source or the inertial frame of reference of the observer. In the theory of relativity, c interrelates space and time, and appears in the famous equation of mass–energy equivalence E = mc2.



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